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September 1951

THE SURGICAL RESIDENT: Presidential Address

AMA Arch Surg. 1951;63(3):282-287. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1951.01250040288002

IN PRESENTING this address, I am deeply conscious of the high honor conferred in electing me your President. My predecessors have been master surgeons and great teachers, and I only hope that I can approach their standards. Let me assure you that it has been gratifying to serve the Central Surgical Association, an active, vigorous, and dynamic group with the purpose of bringing together fellow surgeons for the presentation and exchange of surgical ideas. An ever-growing association tradition enhancing the pleasure of these meetings has been enjoying the fellowship of one's colleagues.

The subject of my address is "The Surgical Resident." A great deal has been written about the training of this young man for his ultimate place in the surgical affairs of the community, and all thoughtful medical educators agree that the apprentice system is ideal for his development, providing always that the teacher is ethically as well as

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