Brian J. Waddle, MD, has issued a sincere challenge to those charged with the oversight of graduate medical education in surgery, especially the Residency Review Committee for Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. In it, he appeals to them to create what he and others before him believe is sorely needed: a special training track in general surgery aimed at those who wish to undertake a rural practice of surgery. At the same time, his title suggests that he may harbor some degree of ambivalence about the issue by tacitly admitting that there may be some downsides to this approach. That ambivalence is certainly shared by others, myself among them.
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