• Vol. 43 No. 5, 291–292
  • 15 May 2014

Re: General Surgery (GS) Residency Selection Process: A Comparison Between Singapore (Singhealth) and United States

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The paper authored by Chong TT et al details the current state of the local selection process with the comparison to the selection processes used at highly sought after programmes in the United States (US). Several valid improvements to standardise the subjective evaluation process and social fi t of the candidates have been suggested. Every system is optimised to some extent, as the product of its own constraints. Some aspects of the US residency interview and matching process are dictated by the sheer number of programmes available, the geographic distance, and the maturity of the residency system. We should be careful to craft our way forward sensibly, sifting the valuable lessons of the past and keeping an awareness of our present while forging our future.

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