WE ARE currently embroiled in a crisis in health care characterized by critical problems with malpractice, pressures of the 80-hour workweek regulations, and decreasing numbers of young people interested in surgery. As we face these difficult problems, we should reflect upon one of the aspects that makes surgery a great profession, namely, the long tradition of surgical mentorship. As we look forward to the future, I would like to share personal reminiscences of 3 mentors from the 20th century who affected my personal development and growth as a surgeon. Although they came from different parts of the country, they were born in the same decade and their skills as mentors link them in this great surgical tradition.
Baker CC. Surgical Mentors. Arch Surg. 2003;138(10):1154–1156. doi:10.1001/archsurg.138.10.1154
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