'It was the gloves. I just couldn’t squeeze my wet, sweaty hands into them'

MY WORST DAY AT MEDICAL SCHOOL (AND HOW I RECOVERED)

Professor Fiona Wood, director of the Royal Perth Hospital burns unit and 2005 Australian of the Year, recalls her first day in the operating theatre.


"I was obsessed with surgery all through medical school but I’ll never forget the catastrophe that was my first day in the operating theatre. I walked in very confident, thinking ‘this is wonderful, this is it, this is my space’. But things started going wrong right from the word go. It was the gloves. I just couldn’t squeeze my wet, sweaty hands into them. It took what

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