May 2014

Are Today’s Surgical Residency Graduates Less Competent or Just More Cautious?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee

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JAMA Surg. 2014;149(5):411-412. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2013.3784

Today’s general surgery residents are increasingly perceived by the surgical community to be less confident and less competent on graduation than previous generations of residency graduates. General surgery residents substantiate this lack of confidence in survey: only 72% of residents believe their operative ability is “level appropriate,” and 26% report concern that they will not feel confident enough to perform procedures independently before residency completion.1

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