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How the Personal Characteristics of Grit and Resilience Relate to Surgeon Well-Being
(Posted November 2019)
Britta Han, MD, MsEd; Arghavan Salles, MD, PhD

This article is intended for surgical trainees, surgeons, and other members of the health care workforce, especially those involved in medical education or those who hold leadership positions. The specific learning objectives of the article are:

  • Define grit and resilience within the context of surgical training and the field of surgery
  • Highlight the problem of placing responsibility of increasing grit and resilience solely on the individual surgical trainee in the context of an already high-stakes, high-stress, and high-demand specialty and profession
  • Provide suggested strategies to optimize grit and resilience in surgical trainees

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