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News and briefs: Study suggests residents do not complicate surgeries

Residency Program Insider, August 21, 2012

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When a resident is part of an operation, the rate of major complication is around 6%, which reflects the same percentage for surgeries without residents present, according to a recent study published in the Annals of Surgery. Minor complications such as skin infection and some form of “superficial” infection were slightly higher for procedures with residents involved, according to an MSNBC.com article.

Mortality rates between the resident-involved and resident-not-involved groups differed by only 0.02%, according to the article. Researchers for the study used data from more than 60,000 surgeries between 2005 and 2007.

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