Tag Archive for ‘GME’

Surgical education and training at the crossroads between medical school and residency

Surgical training challenges resulting from variations in technical, cognitive, and other competencies among graduating medical school students is the focus of this article. This piece also identifies the constraints some graduate medical education programs face in assisting physicians as they transition from medical school to surgical training.

Looking forward – April 2014

An update on the College’s Transition to Practice Program in General Surgery is the focus of Dr. Hoyt’s column this month, including a closer look at two institutions currently pilot testing the program.

ACS Transition to Practice program offers residents additional opportunities to hone skills

In response to concerns regarding the preparedness of newly trained surgeons and their ability to work independently, the College has established the ACS Transition to Practice (TTP) program. This article offers an overview of the challenges involved in developing this program and the process the ACS will use in approving training programs to serve as sites for the TTP program.

Hold the onions: Training in an era of heightened diversity and expectations

In his introduction to the RAS-ACS–themed issue, which centers on the evolving demands in resident training, Brian J. Santin, MD, Chair of RAS-ACS, compares the recent dramatic changes in surgical practice and training to the increased diversity in culinary techniques, and provides an overview of the changes that occurred in graduate medical education over the last 20 years, including the implementation of work-hour restrictions and a focus on the delivery of patient-centered, coordinated care.

The role of politics in shaping surgical training

Political and socioeconomic factors have affected surgical education over the last several decades, and, in particular, government funding has had a significant impact on graduate medical education programs. This article addresses how surgical training has responded to external pressures, including surgical workforce shortages and resident work-hour restrictions, and considers the issue of patient consent as it relates to the role of surgical trainees.

Improved communication techniques enable residents to provide better care now and in the future

Underscoring the role of effective communication in delivering high-quality patient-centered care, this article describes how certain tools, including checklists and the development of multidisciplinary teams, can be used to improve the dissemination of key information.

International surgery provides opportunities for residents to serve and learn

Globalization has increased the need for surgeons and surgical trainees to provide care beyond the borders of North America, and surgical residents are responding and showing greater interest in international training opportunities. There are several reasons to pursue these opportunities, and this article provides an overview of the benefits of international training.

Early surgical subspecialization: A new paradigm? Part I

Several subspecialities have developed well-formed models for training programs independent of general surgery residency programs, and these programs in the areas of vascular, plastic and reconstructive, and cardiothoracic surgery are the focus of this article.

Early surgical subspecialization: A new paradigm? Part II

The authors of this article had the opportunity to discuss early specialization options and the ACS Transition to Practice in General Surgery program with residency directors and national leaders in surgical education. Excerpts from these interviews convey some prevailing thoughts on current experiences with early specialization, the challenges encountered, and the future of early specialization and general surgery training paradigms.


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