Why general surgery residents quit their training and how to prevent this from happening to you
When the going gets tough, or unbearable, some choose to leave their surgical career.
Many surgical residents quit their surgery residency for one reason or another. These people are not weak. These are hardworking,intelligent, and motivated individuals (s). KU-Wichita found that resident attrition has worsened since the implementation of the 80-hr work week (s)
THE NATIONAL ATTRITION RATE
The national rate of attrition is 2% per year, or between 20-25% total (meaning 1/5 to 1/4 of the people who start a categorical surgery residency won’t complete it).
WHEN DO RESIDENTS QUIT
Most quit before PGY-3 (more in PGY-2 than in internship) (s).
MALES VS FEMALES
RELATION TO ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN MEDICAL SCHOOL
Yale found that being married, surprisingly, was protective against quitting– “presumably because single residents lack the same support system, and might be more depressed about their inability to date or find a spouse due to time constraints” (s).
Other reasons why residents might leave their programs include being in antagonistic environments with little support (s).
Why people quit general surgery residency and how to prevent this from happening to you
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