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Comment & Response
August 4, 2021

Concerns Regarding Surgeon Special Interest and Years Following Termination of Training

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  • 1Queens University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 2Imperial College London, London, England
JAMA Surg. 2021;156(12):1181-1182. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2021.3618

To the Editor We read with great interest the study by Schuster et al1 on the link between acute care surgeon experience and patient outcome in emergency surgeries. It is a well-conducted study that provides insight into patient mortalities, including a comprehensive breakdown of patient outcomes in multiple measures, such as postsurgical complications and length of stay. Although we concur with the authors that postsurgical patient outcomes may improve with the surgeon’s experience, there are shortcomings in the study that could have been addressed to further enhance their argument.

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