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Responding to the need for rural general surgery training sites: A how-to

Models for establishing a new general surgery residency program with a rural focus or expanding a current program are outlined in this month’s column.

RAS-ACS Symposium essays: Residents debate whether to reform or revolutionize surgical training

The topic for this year’s 2014 Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) symposium competition was the Five-Year General Surgery Residency: Reform vs. Revolution. The following are the first and second place essays submitted from both sides of the debate.

First-place essay—revolution: Surgical training: Time for a revolution

Competency should be measured not by demonstrating recall of management algorithms, argues the author of this essay, but rather by the ability to adapt to evolving recommended practices and technology.

Second-place essay—revolution: Five-year general surgery residency: Reform or revolution?

Simulation training and a standardized curriculum during the first two years of surgical residency will enhance the surgical training process, according to the author of this essay.

First-place essay—reform: Reformation of current surgical residency and fellowship training is the best solution

The evolution of surgical training cannot occur with restructuring fellowship programs, notes the author of this essay. Rather, the ideal training model should be anchored by a core surgical residency program modeled after the first three years of the current training paradigm.

Second-place essay—reform: Revisiting the visions of Halsted, Churchill, and Dudley to fix surgical training a century later

The current training system could be improved if surgical education, skill modules, and mentorship began earlier for those planning to apply for general surgery programs, according to the author of this essay, who also suggests that surgical training programs include early specialization while maintaining core general surgery rotations.

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