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BMJ 1998; 317 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7155.3a (Published 08 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:S3a-7155

Of 88 surgical residents in the last 15 years at New York's Mt Sinai Hospital, 19 (22%) dropped out. (Am J Surgery 1998;175:236-9). Academic performance was no predictor, though more women than men left, citing life style factors and disillusionment with surgery as the main reasons. The authors conclude with a wish to improve their ability to identify potential dropouts before “the match,” though curiously do not discuss any contributing institutional factors.

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