Residents' views of plastic surgery in the geriatric population: An objective needs assessment for graduate plastic surgery education

Benjamin Levi, Lauren Clevenger, Brent C. Williams, Steven J. Kasten

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: This study was undertaken to identify educational needs for plastic surgery residents regarding the care of elderly patients. METHODS: A focus group of plastic surgery residents was conducted. Investigators coded the focus group transcript, using a "concept identification" technique and organized the coded concepts within the 6 general competencies of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Codes were then analyzed to determine whether they reflected an area of educational need. RESULTS: Eight residents participated. Investigators coded 118 concepts. Educational need was identified in 102 (86%) of the concepts, with medical knowledge identified as the area of greatest need. CONCLUSION: This study supports the need for improved education in geriatrics care at our program. This process facilitated the development of a new curriculum at our program and demonstrated that the concept coding technique is useful for analysis of focus groups for needs assessment in surgical education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)314-317
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of plastic surgery
Volume63
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • ACGME competencies
  • Geriatrics
  • Plastic surgery education
  • Systems based practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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