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Invited Critique
Dec 2011

Asking (and Answering) the Wrong Questions?Comment on “Service or Education”

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Surgery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Arch Surg. 2011;146(12):1395-1396. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2011.289

Dr Sanfey and her coauthors1 use this multi-institutional survey to describe both surgical resident and PD perspectives on the traditional service vs education dichotomy. The annual emphasis on the balance of service and education in the ACGME resident survey highlights the putative importance of establishing these definitions, particularly as they are used by the residents who complete the survey. The authors' use of mixed methods, both quantitative and qualitative, provides a robust evaluation of both the definitions used by PDs and residents and how those correlate with traditional activities.