The Web-based BeST Resident display at the 2003 Surgical Education Week favorably impressed me until I calculated the cost for our 45 categorical residents at Vanderbilt. Surgery education conferences push investment in simulators, skills laboratories, and software products. Thus, I was relieved by the results of the Massachusetts General Hospital experience with this “educational solution” for new resident duty hours because of personal reservations that Web-based educational products are a magic bullet.
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