Measuring surgical technique
Interview: John Birkmeyer, M.D., professor of surgery, University of Michigan.
Samer Mattar, M.D., professor of surgery, Oregon Health and Science University,
The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study that compared the outcomes of surgery from surgeons with good technique and poor technique. John Birkmeyer, M.D., lead author of the study, discusses the study and how inefficient surgeons, made aware of their shortcomings, can improve their skills. An additional study conducted by Samer Mattar, M.D., found that many new surgeons might not be properly trained during residency. Dr. Mattar explains why.