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ACADEMIC PROGRAMS AND DEVELOPMENT
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 147-149

Workforce, work hours, and workforce vitality: Toward new models of trauma coverage


Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network, Bethlehem, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

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Michael D Grossman
Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network, 801 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, PA, 18015
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/IJAM.IJAM_96_16

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There are growing problems with the supply of trauma surgeons and/or willingness to participate in trauma care. Solutions proposed include the use of nonsurgeon providers and the development of an acute care surgery model to enhance the attractiveness of training in the field. We propose that immediate modification of clinical operations within trauma centers may address some of these problems and improve patient care and safety. The use of structured shift work models with efficient systems for communication and handoff may improve workforce utilization and vitality both in the near and far term. The following core competencies are addressed in this article: Interpersonal and communication skills, Practice-based learning and improvement, Professionalism, Systems-based practice. Republished with permission from: Grossman MD. Workforce, work hours, and workforce vitality: Toward new models of trauma coverage. OPUS 12 Scientist 2008;2(3):1-2.


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