The March, 2014 issue of Annals of Surgery contains one featured article and accompanying editorial, one review article, 3 randomized controlled trials, one meta-analysis, and 20 additional original articles. The feature deals with a malpractice insurer supported pilot study of the feasibility of implementing a standardized teamwork training program with full operating room teams in multiple institutions using simulation. The systematic review of enhanced recovery after surgery programs(ERAS) for esophagectomy found limited evidence for their utility. The authors made a number of recommendations for practice and for further research. The meta-analysis is a study of chronic subdural hematoma management in more than 34,000 patients.
The featured article for March's journal club is General Surgery Residency Inadequately Prepares Trainees for Fellowship: Results of a Survey of Fellowship Program Directors by SG Mattar etal. Ann Surg 258:440 - 449, 2013.
The expert moderator is Dr. Mark Malangoni who is Associate Executive Director of the American Board of Surgery and helps lead efforts involving the SCORE web portal and the ABS Maintenance of Certification program.
This article can be accessed for free by anyone who wishes to participate in the journal club.