The Insiders Scoop – General Surgery & YouTube


Name: David Hindin, M.D., M.S.

Specialty/Interests: General Surgery, Healthcare Innovation

Education/Training: Temple Hospital (General Surgery residency), Temple Fox School of Business (M.S.), University of Pennsylvania (M.D.) University of Pennsylvania (B.A – English and Biology)

Current Position: PGY5 – Chief Surgical Resident

Connect with Dr. Hindin: Twitter, YouTube, Instagram



1 | What drew you to general surgery?

I’ve always loved general surgery because it contains so much of what makes medicine rewarding. Being a general surgeon gives us the ability to work up a disease process, to fix the problem with our own hands, and (often) to develop a long-term rapport with that patient.


2 | How did you get involved with YouTube? What is your channel about and in what future directions do you hope to take it?

I got involved with YouTube after discovering the world of vloggers like Casey Neistat. I realized that there was nothing that touched on what exactly I was looking for – a channel that combined vlogs with a focus on creativity in medicine. I’m planning to continue expanding my channel with a combination of how-to videos, more vlogs, and topics that highlight exciting areas of creativity and innovation in medicine.


3 | There are only 24 hours in a day. How do you manage to be a general surgery chief resident, YouTuber, and entrepreneur?

It’s tough! There’s no magical answer, but the truth for me has been that everything comes down to balance. On any given day, I need to decide what my top priorities are going to be for the time that I have available. When I’m working on a particular project, I’ll sometimes spend more time getting it wrapped up. In the months leading up to our annual inservice examination, I’ll focus more of my energies on doing prep questions to prepare.  


4 | In what ways has being a general surgery resident (or a physician in general) shaped your day-to-day life?

My training has shaped so much of who I am and how I experience the world. Coming up through the ranks in surgery residency really teaches you how to be resourceful and how to manage your emotions and stress during high-stakes situations. Those same skills trickle through all other parts of life. Dealing with a big project outside of the hospital suddenly becomes much more manageable. And there’s the people side of it, too: as physicians, we come face to face with struggles that people are dealing with, during their most vulnerable moments. These experiences have helped me learn to approach strangers with a renewed empathy.


5 | What’s next for you after finishing general surgery residency? 

I’ll be completing surgery residency this coming June, 2019. After I finish, I’ll be heading out to Palo Alto to join Stanford’s Biodesign Innovation Fellowship. The biodesign process – originally developed at Stanford, and now leveraged for innovation-based projects all over the world – is in essence a reproducible system to come up with innovation that’s battle-tested to fill a real-world need.

In the fellowship, I’ll spend the rest of the year working through the Biodesign process in real life: starting at the patient level, determining an unmet need, and then creating a tech solution that can hopefully be moved into the market by year’s end. My goal is to combine the innovation training I get at Biodesign with a career as an academic surgeon leading innovation ventures for an institution.


6 | What is a typical day like for you?

Typically I’m at the hospital between 6 and 6:30. I’ll go over new images and labs for patients on my service, and then meet my intern and junior residents to make group rounds on all of our patients on service. After that, it’s off to the OR for the day – cases start at 7:30 – or to clinic, if we’re seeing patients in the office for the day. In the late afternoon and early evening, I typically make rounds again with the team to see how patients are doing post-op and to make sure that plans are progressing. We’ll also make rounds with the attending on service at some point throughout the day.


7 | If you could request the readers to pick up one new habit, what would it be?

The one habit I’d encourage anyone reading this to start practicing is to pick ONE thing outside of medicine that they’re passionate about, and make time to incorporate it into their daily life. Making the conscious effort to invest our time into these side passions helps us be re-energized and bring new energy to the work we do in medicine.


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