We read with interest the article by Ko et al1 published in the August issue of the ARCHIVES. It is about time we take a hard look at US general surgery training, especially surgical resident training, and consider the effects of various subspecialties and newer technologies. Claude H. Organ, Jr, stated that, "Surgeons are completing their surgical training at an age later than the Jesuits are ordaining their priests! . . . Residents in training today must be competent in open and closed operative skills, which has added a new dimension to our educational process."
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