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Invited Commentary
May 2018

Choosing Successful Residents

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Surg. 2018;153(5):416-417. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.5022

The medical profession often looks outside itself for methods of improvement. As outlined by Gardner and Dunkin in this issue of JAMA Surgery,1 we can again turn to industry for clues on how to select general surgery residents who will be successful. The article adds to the literature in 2 distinct ways. First, the authors convincingly show the utility of situational judgment tests, a tool used heavily in industry, in conjunction with US Medical Licensing Examination Step 1 scores in predicting future success in residency at all 5 postgraduate levels. Second, the authors offer a framework for establishing situational judgment tests in diverse program settings.

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