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Surgical Reminiscence
October 1, 2003

Surgical Mentors

Author Affiliations

Chapel Hill, NC

Arch Surg. 2003;138(10):1154-1156. doi:10.1001/archsurg.138.10.1154

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.