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Surgeons routinely share medical knowledge, surgical techniques, and medical judgment with junior colleagues in their everyday practice. Most information is transferred by chance encounters, i.e., a patient in the clinic or a patient in the operating room. An understanding of principles of adult learning can aid a senior surgeons' ability to convey this information. Formalizing this transfer of knowledge through a mentoring program allows wisdom and skills to be passed on in a manner thatpmid:21477516 fatcat:q6sdhkx25zgwfmocfztccuxzd4