Impact of a Surgical Oncologist on General Surgery Residency Training Program
American Journal of Surgery
Background: To assess the impact of adding a surgical oncologist to our faculty we examined the operative experience in our program before and after the addition.
Methods: Operative case numbers reported to the American Board of Surgery over a 10-year period were analyzed. This time period encompassed 5 years before and after the addition of a surgical oncologist to our faculty. All defined category case numbers were examined using t test analysis. Significance was defined as a P value of less than 0.05.
Results: The overall caseload increased in the time period after the faculty addition. There was a statistically significant increase in skin/soft tissue, breast, esophagus, small intestine, large intestine, live, spleen, and endocrine cases. No statistical significance was seen in head/neck, stomach, pancreas, and biliary cases.
Conclusions: The addition of a surgical oncologist to our faculty coincides with a statistically significant increase in areas of skin/soft tissue, breast, esophagus, small intestine, large intestine, liver, spleen, and endocrine. Other areas not statistically significant may reflect referral patterns or this particular oncologist's preferences of practice.
Gamblin, T. Clark, Martin L. Dalton, Joe H. Morgan III, Dudley B. Christie III, Robert L. Vogel, Paul S. Dale.
"Impact of a Surgical Oncologist on General Surgery Residency Training Program."
American Journal of Surgery, 197 (1): 73-75.