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Invited Critique
May 2012

Are We Human or Are We Surgeon?Comment on “Join the Club”

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Author Affiliation: Office of Surgical Education, Baystate Medical Center, Tufts University Medical School, Springfield, Massachusetts.

Arch Surg. 2012;147(5):414-415. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2012.46

This wide-ranging study by Sullivan et al1 examined questions of social and mentoring interaction between residents and faculty and how that played into residents' satisfaction with their training programs. The instrument was administered after the grueling 5-hour American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination at a time when, at least in the Northeast, it is dark and cold and everyone is sunlight deprived. These factors certainly raise questions regarding interpretation of the results, yet such concerns should not diminish the importance of this study, which emphasizes an aspect of our responsibilities to residents that has received far too little attention to date.

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