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Measuring Surgical Technique

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The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study that compared the outcomes of surgery from surgeons with good technique and poor technique. John Birkmeyer, M.D., lead author of the study and a professor of surgery at the University of Michigan, discusses the study and how inefficient surgeons, made aware of their shortcomings, can improve their skills. An additional study conducted by SamerMattar, M.D., a professor of surgery at Oregon Health and Science University, found that many new surgeons might not be properly trained during residency. Dr. Mattar explains why.