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Invited Critique
May 2010

A Rose by Another Name: Comment on “Surgical Resident Perceptions of Trauma Surgery as a Specialty”

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Wang Ambulatory Care Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, 15 Parkman St, Boston.

Arch Surg. 2010;145(5):451. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2010.16

This study by Hadzikadic et al represents one of many animated discussions at the New England Surgical Society annual meeting last September concerning the future of trauma and acute care surgery. This particular article gives the perspective of surgical residents and suggests that trauma is not a particularly desirable specialty, predominantly because of lifestyle issues. According to this survey, trauma would be a more attractive specialty if trauma surgeons handled elective cases and emergency nontrauma cases, and had outpatient clinic experience.

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