Published in I.D.E.A.S.

"Do you have an IRB?" is often the first question anyone asks when a new research idea is proposed. It shouldn't be the last. Despite the personal frustrations of surgeons who deal with them, institutional review boards (IRBs) maintain a revered status within our profession. For instance, the perceived necessity of IRB review is so ubiquitous that most readers will know to ask the above question even if they do not know why.