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Commentary
March 1, 2008

Effect of Generational Composition on the Surgical Workforce

Arch Surg. 2008;143(3):224-226. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2007.57

The 2007 graduating students from the medical school at the University of California, Davis looked nothing like those who sat along my side during my own graduation nearly 20 years ago. They are older, are more frequently married (and even have children), are more ethnically diverse, and have done other things with their lives prior to medical school.1 As I listened to the speaker offer words of wisdom about the profession of medicine, I wondered how I would relate to these young physicians, who would shortly become my colleagues and peers.

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