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Invited Commentary | Innovation in Safety: Safety in Innovation

Soft Skills Matter

Diana L. Farmer, MD1,2,3
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1Pearl Stamps Stewart, Department of Surgery, University of California Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento
2University of California Davis Children’s Hospital, Sacramento
3University of California Davis Health System, Sacramento
JAMA Surg. 2015;150(3):207. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2014.2250.
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General surgery education research is an important topic as work-hour restrictions continue to change. Most of the literature has focused on how simulation affects trainees’ procedural skills. The article by Nicksa and colleagues1 focuses on the nontechnical skills that the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education requires that general training programs monitor and teach. Nicksa and colleagues1 are to be commended for providing an example of how programs can use simulation to teach nontechnical material, the so-called soft skills in surgery. In today’s world of team training, team science, and interprofessional education, the importance of these soft skills cannot be understated.

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