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September 2001

Benchmarks for Ranking and Improving Ophthalmology Residency Programs

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(9):1396. doi:

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I had wished to boldasize the (im)moral status of ranking medical care in publications, both lay and scientific, just as I would object to the ranking of religious institutions or of one's own family members, because they should not be treated publicly as commodities. The practice of medicine is different from the selling of a used car and should not be treated like that type of business.

Of course, institutions should strive for improvement through the careful and private use of well-chosen guidelines, but the publication of those data must not be used to advance the businesses of medical care or journal circulation.