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Research Letter
January 22, 2020

Retired Surgeons’ Reflections on Their Careers

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Boston Medical Center, Department of Surgery, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3Harvard Medical School, Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Surg. Published online January 22, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.5476

With accumulated life and professional experience, retired surgeons have developed a valuable perspective on the life and career of a surgeon.1,2 This study evaluated retired surgeons’ reflections on their lives and careers. Understanding what retired surgeons would have done differently in their past can provide insights to younger surgeons for building a rewarding and healthy career.

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