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Chiefs, with tougher cases, see more complications than interns

from General Surgery News

Chief residents have a higher rate of surgical complications, longer operative times and longer hospital lengths of stay than new residents, according to the results of a study presented at the 2015 Southeastern Surgical Congress. This can be explained by patient acuity and autonomy differences because interns are more likely observing cases and chief residents are given more autonomy in the operating room, said lead investigator Vedra Augenstein, M.D., a general surgeon at Carolinas Medical Center, in Charlotte, North Carolina. more

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