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Invited Critique
February 2001

The BKOOTORBBE Club—Invited Critique

Arch Surg. 2001;136(2):238. doi:10.1001/archsurg.136.2.238

The principal duties of a director of a surgical residency training program are to prepare his or her pupils to be safe practicing surgeons and to instill the discipline required for such practice. With an occasional resident, the latter is more difficult than the former.

Dr Rainer applied for a residency while still in his army uniform, having emerged a few days previously from active duty in Korea as a battalion surgeon in the third Infantry Division. His referral "center" was the mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) subsequently made famous on television. With such a background, he clearly required rehabilitation.