This morning I had a mini crisis.
The pandemic has prevented us surgeons form doing elective surgical cases and lowered our normal clinic volume. We therefore have more spare time.
In some senses it’s been a blessing. We have a great crew of surgeon researchers in our group and we have used the time productively to research better ways to do telemedicine. We have been developing a more streamlined and standardized way to perform a shoulder physical exam via video.
One of my resident’s and I have been leading this particular study and really pushing to get it to a journal for review this week.
We have already compiled all of the exam maneuvers, reviewed them with the group, wrote the draft of the paper and video taped them all.
I decided I would personally edit the clips together and get some editing experience under my belt. I’m not Steven Speilberg but I have learned a little basic video editing in the past few months.
Anyhow after about 5 hours editing and letting the computer run overnight to export the video: nothing happened. The video just would not export into a playable format.
I promised the team we would have it done this week. I had to pivot fast.
I called my resident and found out that he has some video editing experience (and likely newer, computer). I wrote out the instructions for him.
Somehow we will get it done.
Lesson 1: don’t be afraid to call in help and leverage talents of other teammates. They often have the skills that you are lacking.
Lesson 2: You have to stay cool so that you can think of all the potential solutions at your disposal, not just the obvious ones.
I know, I know. I could have had my resident do it all along. The problem was I was trying to learn something while getting this project done.
This video required splicing of 15 different clips. Maybe a bit much for this inexperienced director. Guess I should have cut my teeth on a smaller project.
Did I create my own crisis? Maybe. But we all do at times.