Now Arriving: Surgical Trainees From Generation Z

Paul J. Schenarts

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OBJECTIVE: To provide an overview of the Generation Z, compare and contrast Generation Z with previous generations, and present information on how to best educate members of Generation Z. DESIGN: Literature review. SETTING: Not applicable. PARTICIPANTS: Not applicable. RESULTS: Historical events and societal trends as well as changes in parenting style has resulted in unique characteristics for Generation Z. The most significant influence on this generation has been the wide-spread use of the smart phone. While this device has great educational potential, it also presents a real risk with digital foot prints influencing residency selection and evolution of mental health problems. CONCLUSIONS: The characteristics of Generation Z such accountability, emphasis on achievement and dedication to long-term goals makes them different from previous generations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)246-253
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Surgical Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020


  • Generation Y
  • Generation Z
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Millennials
  • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
  • Professionalism
  • surgical education
  • surgical residency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Education


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