Issues Committee

Chair –  Tom Broughan, M.D.

University of Oklahoma


  • Tom Whalen, M.D., Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center
  • Cynthia Graves, M.D., West Virginia University
  • Joe Jensen, M.D., University of Arkansas
  • Rick Thirlby, M.D., Virginia Mason Medical Center
  • Jacqueline Osland, M.D., University of Kansas, Wichita

Charge to the Issues Committee

  • Examine the issue of the increasing or decreasing attractiveness of a career in general surgery amongst medical students.
  • Examine ways to obtain ethical sources of funding for surgical education.
  • Examine the issue of accreditation for residency program directors.
  • Investigate ways general surgery programs can train their residents to encourage them to go into rural general surgery.
  • Investigate the impact of newer technology on general surgical training programs.
  • Understand the role of early specialization for general surgery residents in their training.
  • Compose the committee of a mixture of university, hybrid, community programs.