Standardizing Surgical Education: Implications for Quality of Care

  • Michael Phillip Choi
  • Alfons PompEmail author


Surgical education in the USA has dramatically improved over the last century in large part due to the standardization of surgical training that was instituted after the Flexner Report and the formation of regulatory organizations in surgery such as the American Board of Surgery (ABS) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). In the era of the 80-h resident work week, it is more imperative than ever those surgical training programs implement standardized and validated curricula that can adequately train and assess residents and fellows for their future roles as independent surgeons. This chapter will discuss the development of the standardized curriculum required of all trainees who are board certified in general surgery as well as the bariatric surgery fellowship curriculum and will outline their implications on quality of care in the field of bariatric surgery.


Competency-based medical education (CBME) Entrustable professional activity (EPA) Surgical education Curriculum General surgery residency Standardization Bariatric surgery Fellowship ASMBS SAGES ABS Fellowship council 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Weill Cornell MedicineNew York Presbyterian HospitalNew YorkUSA

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