In 2005, the Surgical Outcomes Club (SOC) was created to advance research into the organization and delivery of surgical care using modern research tools—so-called health services research (HSR). Now HSR has expanded such that it dominates scientific sessions at all major surgical meetings and publications in every major surgical journal. In parallel, SOC membership has increased significantly from an initial 60 dues-paying members in 2005 to more than 260 in 2019. While this growth demonstrates the importance of and need for this type of research, it creates new challenges and opportunities for the SOC.
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Massarweh NN, Ghaferi AA, Kelz RR. Achieving Critical Mass in Surgical Outcomes Research: The Changing Role of the Surgical Outcomes Club. JAMA Surg. 2020;155(10):911–912. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.1921
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