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February 2000

Rural Surgery: Opportunity or Minefield

Arch Surg. 2000;135(2):121-122. doi:10.1001/archsurg.135.2.121

ALTHOUGH the English-language literature is replete with articles concerning the need for general surgeons in rural areas, the methods of placement of interested residents in rural America has not been consistently addressed. Graduate surgical education has become a mill of specialists, but for those with a desire to generalize, an approved alternative form of training should be available. I would like to offer a resident's perspective and suggestions for an alternative track in general surgery directed toward a career in rural surgery.

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