I am acutely aware of the high honor you have conferred on me in electing me your president for this year, and I approach this address with no small degree of trepidation. This stems from my realization that I must speak to a discriminating audience of outstanding surgeons, and must follow some distinguished predecessors.
This fear is coupled with pleasure, however, because it gives me an opportunity to speak to a subject that I consider vital in our present health setting. With Professional Standards Review Organization (PSRO) legislation a reality and with increasing public clamor for medicine's accountability, how do we, as surgeons, respond? How do we give tangible proof that we do, indeed, practice quality surgery?
Quality is a concept hard to define. It does, nonetheless, imply the existence of standards against which anything can be measured or compared. For the individual surgeon, these standards are implicit in membership
Campbell DA. The Measure of a Surgeon. Arch Surg. 1975;110(5):464–470. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360110010002
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