Thanks for your reply.
I took a look at the 2001/2002 GMED Companion, and I noticed that there seems to be quite a bit of variation in the average hours/week listed among the general surgery residencies. Many list averages at or below 80 and several are even significantly below 80 already. Of course, many are well above 80, 90, 100, …
So, I am starting to wonder, what factors could explain how these averages can vary so much when (if I understood your reply correctly) the accrediation requirements specify the number of cases and procedures, not hours. Several possibilities come to mind:
- sites may raise their program requirements above accred. requirements
- accred. requirements may differ from one site to another (e.g., to suit state mandates)
- the frequency of the requisite cases is higher at some sites, enabling the residents to complete requirements with fewer hours “on the clock”
- some site “fudge” on their reported avg. hrs/wk
- the number of years at each site varies (though I thought 5 yrs for gen. surg. was common, that is, without a research option)
- there is a fundamental flaw in my understanding of surgical residencies
Any thoughts on this?