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Authors Jaffe TA, Hasday SJ, Knol M, Pradarelli J, Pavuluri Quamme SR, Greenberg CC, Dimick JB
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Journal J Surg Educ
Publish Date 2017 Sep 30
PubMed ID 28974428

To understand how practicing surgeons utilize available training methods, which methods are perceived as effective, and important barriers to using more effective methods.Online survey designed to characterize surgeon utilization and perception of available training methods.Two large Midwestern academic health centers.150 faculty surgeons.Nominal values were compared using a McNemar’s Test and Likert-like values were compared using a paired t-test (IBM SPSS Statistics v. 21.0; New York, NY).Survey response rate was 81% (122/150). 98% of surgeons reported learning a new procedure or technology after formal training. Many surgeons reported scrubbing in expert cases (78%) and self-directed study (66%), while few surgeons (6%) completed a mini-fellowship. The modalities used most commonly were scrubbing in expert cases (34%) and self-directed study (27%). Few surgeons (7%) believed self-directed study would be most effective, whereas 31% and 16% believed operating under supervision and mini-fellowships would be most effective, respectively. Surgeons believed more effective methods “would require too much time” or they had “confidence in their ability to implement safely.”Practicing surgeons use a variety of training methods when learning new procedures and technologies, and there is disconnect between commonly used training methods and those deemed most effective. Confidence in surgeon’s ability was cited as a reason for this discrepancy; and surgeons found time associated with more effective methods to be prohibitive. Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System