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Disparity between resident and attending physician perceptions of intraoperative supervision and education.


ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: As part of an ongoing evaluation of our residency program, a needs assessment was performed to assess resident and attending perspectives on current methods of surgical skills training in the operating room. METHODS: Participants included obstetrics-gynecology residents and faculty at a university program. Two surveys were developed and validated. Results were analyzed with 2-sample t tests, comparing Likert scores. Findings were significant if the difference between means was >1. RESULTS: Thirty of 31 residents and 40 of 60 attending physicians responded to the survey. Residents and attending physicians agreed that the surgical skills training program needs improvement (difference in mean, -0.39; confidence interval [CI]: -0.98 to 0.20). The areas of most disagreement were regarding feedback on surgical skills and instrument handling (difference in mean, 2.53; CI: 1.81-3.26, and difference in mean, 2.24; CI: 1.44-3.05). CONCLUSIONS: A significant proportion of surgical skills training during residency occurs as on-the-job training, and operating room time provides a key learning opportunity. This report demonstrates that there is a noteworthy difference in the perception of attending physicians and residents about the quality of teaching and feedback that is currently occurring in the operating room. The difference in perspectives among residents and attending physicians reported in this survey suggests a need for improved communication and systematic feedback in order to capitalize on operating room time as a critical surgical skills training arena.

SUBMITTER: Levinson KL 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC2931207 | BioStudies | 2010-01-01

SECONDARY ACCESSION(S): 10.4300/JGME-D-09-00096.1

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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