To the Editor: The COMPACCS report provides a comprehensive analysis of intensivist workforce requirements.1 As a society dedicated to the intensive care management of surgical patients, we note with interest the conclusion that intensivists were "less likely to be involved in the care of postoperative patients and patients with burns" and "more likely to provide care in medical ICUs [intensive care units]." The study also found that there were 464 graduates from internal medicine–based critical care training (pulmonary plus internal medicine) programs vs 130 from surgically oriented (anesthesia plus surgery) programs in 1996.
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