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Efforts seek to develop systematic ways to objectively assess surgeons' skills

from JAMA

Surgical skills, which include both technical and nontechnical abilities, are often acquired through an apprenticeship-based system that hasn’t changed considerably over the past century. Although there are systematic processes to assess competencies during training, certification, and recertification of surgeons, they tend to be subjective, inconsistent, and focused primarily on nontechnical skills. This can lead to high variability in surgical performance across surgical specialties, potentially compromising patient care and introducing ethical quandaries. more

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