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Occupational Injury in Surgery

Posted by medliorator on October 21, 2008

A survey of more than 350 plastic surgeons indicates that occupational injuries, especially muscle strains, are the norm, not the exception in this profession, according to study findings to be presented next month at the American Society of Plastic Surgery meeting in Chicago.

Muscle strain was reported by 70 percent of the surgeons, vision changes by 40 percent, cervical disc degeneration by 30 percent, lumbar disc degeneration by 25 percent, and shoulder arthritis by 20 percent. Roughly half of the subjects reported being treated for a health condition related to operating.

The DASH findings suggested that the injuries often had a functional impact. Age, years in practice, and loupe use were all found to correlate with injury.

This is the “first systematic assessment of injuries occurring in the surgical workforce,” lead researcher Dr. Pranay M. Parikh, from Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, told Reuters Health.

Occupational injuries very common in surgeons [Reuters]

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Residency Specialty & Average USMLE Step 1 Score

Posted by medliorator on October 21, 2008

Overall, U.S. senior applicants in 2007 had mean USMLE Step 1 scores of 220.4 (s.d. = 20.3)

For U.S. seniors who matched in 2007:

Rank Specialty Average Step 1 Score
1. Plastic Surgery 243
2. Dermatology 240
3. Otolaryngology 239
4. Radiation Oncology 236
5. Radiology – Diagnostic 235
6. Orthopaedic Surgery 234
7. Transitional Year 233
8. Internal Medicine 222
8. Pathology 222
8. General Surgery 222
11. Emergency Medicine 221
11. Internal Medicine / Pediatrics 221
13. Anesthesiology 220
14. Neurology 218
15. Pediatrics 217

Charting Outcomes in the Match [NRMP]

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