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Resident's Forum
Aug 2011

Legislating Change in Surgical Residency

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Departments of Otolaryngology (Dr Pritchett), Neurosurgery (Dr Hervey-Jumper), Plastic Surgery (Dr Aliu), and General Surgery (Dr Hayanga), University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, and Department of Thoracic Surgery, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle (Dr Hayanga).

Arch Surg. 2011;146(8):972-974. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2011.221

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as the House of Representatives Bill HR 3590, was created to improve the quality of patient care and access to health care for American citizens. Provisions of this bill are likely to have both intended and unintended consequences on surgical education. The purpose of this article is to explore the ways in which HR 3590 may affect the educational experience of surgical house officers at teaching hospitals.