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BACKGROUND In 2003, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) mandated 80-hour resident duty limits. In 2011 the ACGME mandated 16-hour duty maximums for PGY1 (post graduate year) residents. The stated goals were to improve patient safety, resident well-being, and education. A systematic review and meta-analysis were performed to(More)
BACKGROUND Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocols have been shown to reduce hospital stay without compromising outcomes. Attempts to apply ERAS principles in the context of pancreatic surgery have generated encouraging results. A systematic review of the current evidence for ERAS following pancreatic surgery was conducted. METHODS A literature(More)
PURPOSE The optimal management of colorectal cancer liver metastases (CRC-LM) has changed during the past two decades. However, clinical practice lags behind best evidence recommendations. We sought to characterize the gap between current practice and best evidence for the management of these patients and to identify barriers that hamper effective(More)
130 Background: Pancreas cancer is the 4th cause of cancer death. Surgical resection is the optimal treatment. But pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) is complex with high perioperative morbidity. Complications following PD have a negative effect on quality of life and survival. Clinical pathways (CPW) are quality improvement (QI) tools that standardize the(More)
BACKGROUND Surgery is a cornerstone of cancer treatment, but significant differences in the quality of surgery have been reported. Surgical process improvement tools (spits) modify the processes of care as a means to quality improvement (qi). We were interested in developing spits in the area of gastrointestinal (gi) cancer surgery. We report the(More)
BACKGROUND Pancreaticoduodenectomies (PD) are complex surgical procedures. Clinical pathways (CPW) are surgical process improvement tools that guide postoperative recovery and are associated with high quality care. Our objective was to report the quality of surgical care following implementation of a CPW. METHODS We developed and implemented a CPW for(More)
BACKGROUND Surgery is a cornerstone of treatment for malignancy. However, significant variation has been reported in patterns and quality of cancer care for important health outcomes, including perioperative mortality. Surgical process improvement tools (SPITs) have been developed that focus on enhancing the processes of care at the point of care, as a(More)
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