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Invited Commentary
July 2017

Quality Improvement and Accreditation: The Never-Ending Story

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, and Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
JAMA Surg. 2017;152(7):636-637. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.0543

The Greek philosopher Aristotle considered that “it is frequent repetition that produces a natural tendency.”1 None is more true in the complex world of health care, where superior quality outcomes are often underpinned by high caseload requirements. Aligned with this concept are advances toward accreditation of clinical services, from trauma and cancer care centers to medical education programs.