Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Surgeon Age & Complications

A fascinating post on the relationship (if any) between surgeon age and mortality, based on a new article from The Annals of Surgery.

Common wisdom among surgeons is that a surgeon is at the height of his or her abilities between 5-15 years out from residency, give or take, where a surgeon has had enough time to acquire "seasoning," but is still young and current with the latest techniques. That is the cliche, anyway. This study suggests that, for complex procedures, there is little difference among age groups, except for the oldest surgeons. (The study does not address the question of whether the youngest and most inexperienced surgeons also have similarly elevated mortality rates.)

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