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Comment & Response
June 24, 2020

Insights From Senior Surgeons

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  • 1Department of Neurologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
JAMA Surg. 2020;155(9):900. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.1677

To the Editor I read with great interest the Research Letter by Stolarski et al, “Retired Surgeons’ Reflections on Their Careers.”1 In this observational study of survey data based on the American College of Surgeons’ retired membership, the authors present novel and interesting data summarizing the reflections of retired US surgeons regarding hypothetical career changes. The article has gained considerable traction on social media, attributable to the implicit indictment of surgical culture, and amplified by the prompt phrasing “what retired surgeons would have done differently,” and its most common response, “spent more time with family and for personal wellness.”1

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