Annals of Surgery Publishes Toronto Faculty Study: “Mental Skills in Surgery – Lessons Learned from Virtuosos, Olympians, and Navy Seals”

September 26, 2019

For over a decade Dr.Carol-anne Moulton has studied the psychosocial and cultural factors associated with surgical performance, decision making and surgeon identity. Her most recent paper, published last week in the Annals of Surgery, investigates the role of mental skills in surgery through the unique lens of Olympic athletes, elite musicians, and expert military personnel who are now surgeons. Using constructivist grounded theory approach, and semi-structured interviews the study concluded that taxonomy for mental skills in surgery may help in the development of robust mental skills training programs to promote optimal surgeon wellness and performance.

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