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Study: General surgery programs have high attrition rates

Residency Program Insider, December 23, 2016

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A meta-analysis of 22 studies involving nearly 20,000 residents from general surgery programs discovered relatively high attrition rates. The study, which was published in JAMA Surgery, found that the overall attrition rate was 18%. The attrition rate among female residents was significantly higher at 25% compared to 15% of male residents.

Researchers found that of the residents who left their programs, most (48%) left after their first year. Twenty percent relocated to another general surgery program and 13% went to anesthesia programs. Residents most often reported an uncontrollable lifestyle change (14-88%) or a transfer to another specialty (19-39%) as their reason for leaving.

Source: JAMA Surgery



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