How to Define General Surgery?
Medical students as well as recent medical school graduates interested in a surgical career are increasingly concerned about the future of general surgery. They are aware that general surgeons are not referred to as specialists, in contrast to those in other surgical fields.
What really constitutes general surgery, and what will be its future place in the care of patients? As general surgeons, we tend to be as specific and secure in our answers as we might have been a few years ago. What has happened during the last 50 years to bring about an atmosphere of uncertainty, and why do we need to discuss such a topic as the definition of ‘general surgery’? As one whose certification number by the American Board of Surgery is “42,” I too wondered what was to be included in an examination leading to certification by the American Board of Surgery way back in 1937.
KeywordsGeneral Surgery General Surgeon Surgical Specialty Young Surgeon Core Knowledge
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