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Authors Williams RG, George BC, Meyerson SL, Bohnen JD, Dunnington GL, Schuller MC, Torbeck L, Mullen JT, Auyang E, Chipman JG, Choi J, Choti M, Endean E, Foley EF, Mandell S, Meier A, Smink DS, Terhune KP, Wise P, DaRosa D, Soper N, Zwischenberger JB, Lillemoe KD, Fryer JP, Procedural Learning and Safety Collaborative
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Journal Surgery Volume: 162 Issue: 6 Pages: 1314-1319
Publish Date 2017 Dec
PubMed ID 28950992
Abstract

Educating residents in the operating room requires balancing patient safety, operating room efficiency demands, and resident learning needs. This study explores 4 factors that influence the amount of autonomy supervising surgeons afford to residents.We evaluated 7,297 operations performed by 487 general surgery residents and evaluated by 424 supervising surgeons from 14 training programs. The primary outcome measure was supervising surgeon autonomy granted to the resident during the operative procedure. Predictor variables included resident performance on that case, supervising surgeon history with granting autonomy, resident training level, and case difficulty.Resident performance was the strongest predictor of autonomy granted. Typical autonomy by supervising surgeon was the second most important predictor. Each additional factor led to a smaller but still significant improvement in ability to predict the supervising surgeon’s autonomy decision. The 4 factors together accounted for 54% of decision variance (r = 0.74).Residents’ operative performance in each case was the strongest predictor of how much autonomy was allowed in that case. Typical autonomy granted by the supervising surgeon, the second most important predictor, is unrelated to resident proficiency and warrants efforts to ensure that residents perform each procedure with many different supervisors.

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