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Peer Review of Surgeons' Skills Carries 'Threatening Undertones'



A study in which experienced surgeons submitted samples of their work for evaluation by an anonymous panel finds a large variation in technical skill. Now come questions about what is to be done with the information.



2 comments on "Peer Review of Surgeons' Skills Carries 'Threatening Undertones'"
Rosemary Gibson (10/21/2013 at 7:53 AM)

Too bad that the title chosen for this article suggests the author and editors are concerned more about the surgeons than the patients. Patients want a competent surgeon. How is that threatening? Rosemary Gibson Senior Advisor, The Hastings Center
S.Noel,M.D. (10/18/2013 at 9:46 PM)

This study provides objective documentation of facts well known to those of us who have done agonizingly difficult surgical peer review for decades. Unfortunately, Medical Staff peer review bodies have little ability or authority to assist or force poor performers to improve their skills, if their outcomes are "acceptable", but not "optimal". Who is to define what is "acceptable"?