New study finds same patient mortality rates for experienced and new surgeons

Thoracic Surgery_Orthopedic Surgery_Neurosurgery_All Surgery EXCEPT PlasticAdditional study needed to affirm consistency of findings to latest surgeon training practices, other factors, say researchersThere is no statistical difference between the patient mortality rates of new and experienced surgeons a study using a newly developed statistical methodology and conducted by a research team comprised of medical doctors and statisticians has found.Because surgical training was radically changed in recent years–including a reduction of six to 12 months of training time–and other factors, the research team said further study will be needed to ensure the findings generalize.Researchers involved in this study are Dr. Rachel R. Kelz, associate professor of surgery; Dr. Jeffrey Silber, professor of pediatrics, anesthesiology and critical care; Paul Rosenbaum, professor of statistics; and Sam Pimentel, a doctoral student in statistics–all of the University of Pennsylvania.

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