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In This Issue of JAMA Surgery
January 2020


JAMA Surg. 2020;155(1):1. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.3849

To help reduce surgical site infections, a large multicenter health care system implemented a policy that required personnel who had scrubbed to use disposable perioperative jackets. Stapleton and colleagues retrospectively reviewed the cases of 60 009 patients who underwent these clean procedures and compared the rate of surgical site infections before and after policy implementation. Despite spending more than $1.7 million on disposable jackets, there was no significant reduction in surgical site infections, suggesting that perioperative attire has no association with such infections.

Invited Commentary

Continuing Medical Education

The American Board of Surgery requires surgeons to pass a written qualifying examination and an oral certifying examination; however, few or no studies have assessed the association of sociodemographic variables with pass rates. In this study of 662 surveyed trainees, Yeo and colleagues evaluated sociodemographic factors and pass rates. Race/ethnicity, sex, and family status at internship were all associated with attempting and passing the board examinations.