Authors’ Reply: Are American Surgical Residents Prepared for Humanitarian Deployment? A Comparative Analysis of Resident and Humanitarian Case Logs
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We sincerely thank Mr. David Read for his interest and thoughtful comments on the article entitled “Are American Surgical Residents Prepared for Humanitarian Deployment? A Comparative Analysis of Resident and Humanitarian Case Logs” . His contributions expand the context of our work by highlighting the added value of multidisciplinary surgical teams over more broadly trained individual surgeons.
We agree that, although general surgeons are becoming more specialized, this does not preclude their involvement in humanitarian work. Indeed, a multidisciplinary team that includes a general surgeon, obstetrician–gynecologist, and orthopedist potentially enables humanitarian surgical projects to care for more patients, and the increased surgeon specialization possibly leads to better outcomes [2, 3]. Given that ACGME-defined general surgery cases comprised 30.1%, orthopedic cases comprised 21.2%, and OBGYN cases comprised 46.8% of the 73,934 Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF) procedures...
- 1.Lin Y, Dahm JS, Kushner AL, Lawrence JP, Trelles M, Dominguez LB, Kuwayama DP (2018) Are american surgical residents prepared for humanitarian deployment? A comparative analysis of resident and humanitarian case logs. World J Surg 42(1):32–39. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00268-017-4137-x CrossRefGoogle Scholar