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This essay brings to life the emotional responses involved with surgical complications, both on the part of the surgeon and the family.
Surgeons have a complex relationship with their patients, one marked by the common goal of a positive outcome, observes the author of this essay, and when failures occur, surgeons and patients are urged to grieve and rebound together.
Each year, the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) hosts a symposium at the Clinical Congress featuring a debate on a timely issue in surgical training or practice. In addition to the symposium debate, the RAS-ACS Issues Committee coordinates an essay competition open to all RAS members. The topic for this year’s symposium and essay competition was Patient Rankings: Should Patient Feedback Affect Our Pay and Delivery of Care? The top “pro” and “con” essayists are invited to serve as panelists at the symposium, and the second-place pro and con essays are featured in the Bulletin.