I entirely agree with you in terms of practice and I fully support the view that creativity, art and skill are implied in practice. My stress was merely provocative. I expect professionals to embody their knowledge and I am always delighted when I come across examples in my everyday experiences of such fields as law and medicine which mostly don't get mentioned on our list.
The striking feature, for me, in this experience of medicine, was the obvious nature of a studio practice. It was deeply comforting be a patient when knowledge was being made manifest - the sense of care was grounded in the attributes of the practice. You knew you could trust these people, not because you had to, but because you could observe their practice.
All the best with your husband's surgery and with his recovery.
I am doing better and better with surprising rapidity.
>>> Teena Clerke <[log in to unmask]> 09/23/11 8:51 AM >>>
echoing Paul, I trust you are on the way to full recovery, my husband will likewise undergo open
heart surgery in the near future, and hope that he receives the same level of care.
My intervention in your statement however, is that the emphasis is on the word 'practice' rather than
skill, art or creative. That is how I interpret your observations of the CMO (his embodied experience
which involves seeing) inculcating the trainee (which involves first listening then seeing) into HIS
practice, which, significantly, differed from the surgeon's practice. Note, creative, art and skill are
implied (in practice) and not singled out for, dare I say, special treatment.
all the best,
> > For the CMO the ICU is a studio. He gets patients who have undergone
> radical surgery. They have known conditions brought about by surgery. They
> have expected pathways of recovery. There are numerous milestones along
> the way. There is a huge amount of data. There is a desired outcome
> (leaving the ICU in a stable condition). Also, there are many unknowns and
> complicating problems that must be solved if the best outcome can be
> achieved. Balancing these many requirements is a skill, an art, and a
> creative practice.