I read with great interest the report by Babineau et al1 on the cost of surgical residents. I agree with the authors that surgical residents by definition should take longer than fully trained surgeons to complete a surgical procedure. On the other hand, I must disagree with their conclusion that the costs to the hospital or anesthesiology department are insignificant.
Abouleish AE. Longer Surgical Durations Can Lead to Significant Staffing Costs to the Anesthesiology Department and Hospital. Arch Surg. 2005;140(2):212. doi:10.1001/archsurg.140.2.212-a