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Books, Journals, New Media
January 19, 2005


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Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2005;293(3):369-375. doi:10.1001/jama.293.3.370-a

The number of general surgeons in the United States, which had steadily increased in the 1970s and 1980s, began a gradual but unmistakable decline during the 1990s, from 38 376 in 1990 to 36 650 in 2000. General surgical residency positions had been highly competitive for 30 years. In 2001, however, 68 general surgical residency slots were unmatched. The reasons for this decline are complex and multifactorial, but clearly the onerous lifestyle of a surgical trainee plays a significant role.

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