Author Affiliations: Department of Surgery, Metropolitan Surgical Associates, Mercy Hospital, Chicago, Illinois (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In their daily practice, surgeons use their analytic skills to make innumerable decisions and to develop protocols for trauma, guidelines for cancer care, and algorithms for myriad acute surgical conditions. Surgeons are problem solvers and, as such, consider decision-making skills at least as important to surgical outcomes as technical skills. But do these decision-making skills consist of more than simple, factual analysis? Uttam Shiralkar, author of Smart Surgeons, Sharp Decisions: Cognitive Skills to Avoid Errors and Achieve Results, thinks so.
Kacey DJ. Smart Surgeons, Sharp Decisions: Cognitive Skills to Avoid Errors and Achieve Results. JAMA. 2011;306(17):1928-1929. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1596