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Invited Critique
Oct 2012

Developing Leaders in SurgeryComment on “Training Future Surgeons for Management Roles”

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Surgery, School of Medicine (Dr Dimick and Ms Scheske), and School of Public Health (Dr Lemak), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Arch Surg. 2012;147(10):944-945. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2012.1278

Leadership training is lacking in current residency training programs. We all have high expectations for our residents, both during and after training, but we do very little in the way of formal education to help them prepare for leadership roles.1 In this issue of Archives, Hanna and colleagues2 describe the results of a precourse-postcourse survey evaluating a 1-day seminar on management topics for surgical residents. The curriculum included topics related to self-management, team building, and business acumen. Not surprisingly, Hanna et al2 found that the senior residents who participated felt that these topics were better addressed after the conference. Hanna et al2 should be commended for their initial efforts to incorporate these neglected topics into residency training. However, we agree with them that a 1-day didactic course is only a start.

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