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Book and Media Reviews
September 5, 2007

Getting Cut: Failing to Survive Surgical Residency Training

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(9):1065-1070. doi:10.1001/jama.298.9.1065-a

This book is an analysis of the factors in the dropout of surgical residents from their training programs. It was originally initiated by a neurosurgical society to address a 25% dropout rate in their house staff. The study was begun in 1990; after collecting information from surveys of 556 residencies in anesthesiology, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, and plastic surgery, 75 interviews were carried out in 5 neurosurgical programs. The last years of the survey group were 1993-1994.

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