This article discusses the design and rationale for the Flexibility in Duty Hour Requirements for Surgical Trainees (FIRST) randomized trial, which will evaluate whether changing surgical resident duty hour policies to permit greater flexibility in work hours will affect patient postoperative outcomes, resident education, and resident well-being.
This Viewpoint explores whether flexibility should be allowable for duty hour limits for surgical residents.
This retrospective review shows that minimally invasive surgery has an increasingly prominent role in contemporary surgical therapy for many common diseases, although the open approach still predominates in all but 5 procedures.
Drake and colleagues evaluated changes in operative experience for general surgery chief residents. Karen Deveney, MD, provides an invited commentary.