Wednesday, March 28, 2012
April Issue and Journal Club
The April issue of Annals of Surgery contains a special article regarding our nation's surgical workforce, two feature articles with accompanying editorials, three randomized controlled trials, four meta-analyses and reviews, and an additional 16 original articles.
The surgical workforce article is derived from a focused meeting of surgical leaders in October, 2010, funded by the American Surgical Association. Rather than just defining the coming shortage of general surgeons, the article also proposes solutions.
The feature articles will be of interest to all surgeons. One deals with the issue of continuity of care in surgical training programs and the other reports the results of a second survey by the American College of Surgeons on surgeon burnout that has recently been recognized as a prevalent problem among American surgeons.
The expert moderator for the April Journal Club is Dr. Leigh Neumayer, professor of surgery at the University of Utah. She was the principal investigator for the VA hernia study that compared laparoscopic to open mesh repairs for inguinal hernias in men (published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2004) and a co-investigator for the watchful waiting inguinal hernia trial (published in the Journal of the American Medical Association).The featured article is "Prospective comparative study of postoperative quality of life in TEP, TAPP, and modified Lichtenstein repairs" by I Belyansky and co-authors from the Carolinas Medical Center. This article can be accessed for free for all who wish to participate in the Journal Club.