What defines a transplant surgeon? A needs assessment for curricular development in transplant surgery fellowship training

J. Fryer, D. A. Darosa, E. Wang, L. Han, D. Axelrod, M. Ishitani, T. Baker, R. Knight, R. Sung, J. Magee, E. A. Pomfret

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Abstract

This study compares the perceptions of transplant surgery program directors (PDs) and recent fellowship graduates (RFs) regarding the adequacy of training and relevancy to practice of specific curricular content items in fellowship training. Surveys were sent to all American Society of Transplant Surgery approved fellowship PDs and all RFs in practice <5 years. For operative procedures, the RFs considered the overall training to be less adequate than the PDs (p = 0.0117), while both groups considered the procedures listed to be relevant to practice (p = 0.8281). Regarding nonoperative patient care items, although RFs tended to rank many individual items lower, both groups generally agreed that the training was both adequate and relevant. For nonpatient care related items (i.e. transplant-related ethics, economics, research, etc.), both groups scored them low regarding their adequacy of training although RFs scored them significantly lower than PDs (p = 0.0006). Regarding their relevance to practice, while both groups considered these items relevant, RFs generally considered them more relevant than PDs. Therefore, although there is consensus on many items, significant differences exist between PDs and RFs regarding their perceptions of the adequacy of training and the relevance to practice of specific curriculum items in transplant surgery fellowship training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)664-674
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2010

Keywords

  • Education
  • Surgery of transplantation
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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