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Surgical Innovation
December 19, 2018

Addressing Gaps in Modern Surgical Training—The Professional Development Course for Residents

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA Surg. 2019;154(2):170-171. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.4869

The modern surgeon requires skills beyond clinical acumen and technical ability to conquer challenges created by an increasingly demanding and complex medical landscape.1 Nonclinical skills, such as leadership, communication, and teaching, are vital to provide the best clinical care and advance the field of surgery. Surgical residents are in a unique position to develop nonclinical skills early in their careers, creating a foundation for growth.1 In addition, surgical residents have specific needs as they prepare for the next stages of their careers.

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