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German surgical residency training – quo vadis?

Patient Safety in Surgery
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
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DOI: 10.1186/1754-9493-2-9
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Abstract ral ss BioMed CentPatient Safety in Surgery Open AcceLetter to the Editor German surgical residency training – quo vadis? Michael A Flierl Address: Department of Pathology, The University of Michigan Medical School, 1301 Catherine Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109, USA Email: Michael A Flierl - [email protected] Patient Safety – A New Era in Surgery Recently, patient safety has been featured in front-page headlines of major German newspapers and on news channels [1,2]. Triggered by the courageous "outing" of 17 well-established German physicians, disturbing rates of potentially preventable errors have been reported. Although the German "Aktionsbündnis Patientensicher- heit" ("Action Alliance Patient Safety") was founded back in April 2005, it appears that the concept of patient safety has been "flying under the public radar" of recognition until present. Unfortunately, numerous prestigious Ger- man medical centers still consider adverse events, mis- takes, and complications as a taboo, thereby preventing their own guild from learning from their mistakes and advancing patient care. In sharp contrast, the imple- mented standards for patient safety in the United States appear to be well ahead of the persistently anecdotal way of dealing with medical errors and complications in Ger- many [3,4]. Raising surgeon awareness for patient safety symbolizes medical innovation, and these advances start with medical education. As a German medical graduate, I chose to pursue a post- doctoral research fellowship in the United States after graduation from Medical School. The rationale for this decision was to acquire a solid training in basic sciences before starting my clinical education as an Orthopaedic Surgeon. Currently, I have completed almost 3 years of basic research at a highly renowned academic institution in the United States, and I am thankful for the excellent experience in academic research and a successful initial publication track record [5-7]. Currently, I am at the

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