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Is the difficulty with the trainee or the terminology? A call for common definitions and evidence-based solutions to help residents succeed

Published:February 18, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjsurg.2022.02.045
      Residents enter training programs with different baseline life experiences, skills, medical knowledge, and talent. They do not grow in their abilities as physicians and surgeons at the same rate. Likewise, surgery residency is long, and residents may encounter life obstacles that derail their continued progress. Residents are all allotted the same amount of time in general surgery residency training to become competent surgeons. However, few residents navigate this process without setbacks. Reports vary greatly on the number of residents whose performance diverges from acceptable performance significantly enough that they need additional assistance or remediation.
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