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Invited Critique
June 2013

The Real JobRecruit, Mentor, and Protect
Comment on “The Modern Surgery Department Chairman”

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research, Madison.

JAMA Surg. 2013;148(6):515. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2013.1233

Dr Slakey and his coauthors1 provide some interesting and useful demographic data regarding the job of a surgical chair. This information is gleaned from a survey sent to all surgical chairs in the United States and returned by 43% of them. Some encouraging news is that most chairs are well paid, with their income dependent on factors other than clinical productivity. Somewhat discouraging, however, is the lack of diversity, with only 4% of chairs being women and only 7% nonwhite.

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