training will continue to adapt and change. To
encourage innovation in surgical education is to
open new portals for communication, assessment,
However, the wisdom of the past should continue to inform the present. As certain procedures
become less common due to changing disease eti-ologies and management, young surgeons have
much to learn from their older colleagues.38,39 As
we train the next generation of surgeons, we must
continue to impart these skills and lessons to practicing surgeons to ensure that all members of the
profession are prepared to meet today’s patient
The rich history and tradition of surgery transcends intergenerational differences in learning
styles. While virtual platforms have revolutionized surgical education, we should consider the
benefits of in-person coaching and relationship-building. In a changing world, we must safeguard
the lessons passed down from every generation
and embrace technologies that facilitate the
exchange of ideas. ♦
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