Clin Colon Rectal Surg 2019; 32(06): 457-460
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1693420
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Transition to Surgical Practice: The Early Years

Ian M. Paquette
1  Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Publication Date:
22 August 2019 (online)


The transition from years of surgical training to independent surgical practice is a time to enjoy the well-earned achievement of completion of training. The early years of clinical practice bring about many challenges to the young surgeon. These include transitioning to a more independent role in the operating room, running an office and understanding the business aspects of medicine, building clinical networks to sustain a clinical practice, and building a professional and academic reputation. This article will discuss aspects that are unique to the early career surgeon. Where possible, I will use the available literature to augment the discussion, whereas, in other areas, I will offer my thoughts from personal experience on the topic.