A step forward in surgical education?

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Traditionally, surgical education was imparted through intensive work, practice, and, most importantly, experience. It was estimated that a trainee would work over 30,000 hours before becoming a consultant1. The training curriculum has changed substantially on numerous occasions to meet the requirements of the European Working Time Directive. Despite these perceived thefts from surgical experience, there is still little evidence to support a claim that we are producing worse surgeons2.
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