Research Article| Volume 215, ISSUE 1, P8-13, January 2018

A model for a career in a specialty of general surgery: One surgeon's opinion



      The integration of general and endocrine surgery was studied as a potential career model for fellowship trained general surgeons.


      Case logs collected from 1991–2016 and academic milestones were examined for a single general surgeon with a focused interest in endocrine surgery. Operations were categorized using CPT codes and the 2017 ACGME “Major Case Categories” and there frequencies were determined.


      10,324 operations were performed on 8209 patients. 412.9 ± 84.9 operations were performed yearly including 279.3 ± 42.7 general and 133.7 ± 65.5 endocrine operations. A high-volume endocrine surgery practice and a rank of tenured professor were achieved by years 11 and 13, respectively. At year 25, the frequency of endocrine operations exceeded general surgery operations.


      Maintaining a foundation in broad-based general surgery with a specialty focus is a sustainable career model. Residents and fellows can use the model to help plan their careers with realistic expectations.
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