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RAS-ACS Symposium essays: Shift work surgery: Loss of continuity or sensible balance of responsibility?

RAS-ACS Symposium essays: Shift work surgery: Loss of continuity or sensible balance of responsibility?

The topic of this year’s ACS Resident and Associate Society Symposium is Shift Work Surgery: Loss of Continuity or Sensible Balance of Responsibility; the following are the second-place essays submitted, offering views from both sides of the debate.

RAS-ACS Symposium essays: Shift work surgery: Loss of continuity or sensible balance of responsibility?

Pro: Shift work surgery: Loss of continuity or sensible balance of responsibility?

This essay supports the perspective that shift work has been successfully implemented in other surgical specialties, including acute care and in hospitalist programs, and can help address the issues of burnout and work-life integration.

RAS-ACS Symposium essays: Shift work surgery: Loss of continuity or sensible balance of responsibility?

Con: Shift work surgery: Loss of continuity or sensible balance of responsibility?

This essay asserts that shift work disrupts the continuum of surgical patient care and interferes with residents’ full exposure to all phases of surgical care delivery.

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