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Presidential Address
August 1999

The Sophomore Surgeon Revisited

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Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999

Arch Surg. 1999;134(8):805-808. doi:10.1001/archsurg.134.8.805

I was about to enter my surgical training at the University of Southern California (USC) Service of what was then the Los Angeles County General Hospital, when I learned that my father, Clarence J. Berne, MD, was preparing his presidential address for the 31st Annual Pacific Coast Surgical Association meeting in February 1960.1

In "The Sophomore Surgeon," he attempted to explore the early years following completion of formal general surgical training. He never said why he chose the topic. I suspect that his motive was to speak to his recent and future surgical residents to give them some guidance beyond their 5 years of training.