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Content of thoracic residency training and its relevance to the practice of medicine.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10881798     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The Thoracic Surgery Directors Association (TSDA) curriculum book provides learning objectives for a thoracic surgery residency. Our purpose was to evaluate the relevance of these objectives through feedback from recent graduates. METHODS: Graduates of multiple TSDA programs were mailed a 50-item questionnaire. Survey items were objectives from the TSDA curriculum book representing six areas of thoracic surgery. Graduates rated each objective for adequacy of instruction and relevance to their current practice on Likert-type scales. RESULTS: Two hundred twenty-eight surveys were included in the analysis. Despite excellent operating room education, graduates across subspecialty lines reported the need for improved education in "nonoperative" subjects. Graduates practicing cardiac surgery reported little relevance of their general thoracic educational experience. Conversely, graduates practicing general thoracic surgery expressed the need for more/better educational experiences in thoracic oncology and esophageal surgery. CONCLUSIONS: Contemporary thoracic surgical education can be improved. A strong need for improvement exists in the teaching of "nonoperative" subjects. As graduates elect careers in thoracic subspecialties, a need exists to align thoracic surgery educational experiences with ultimate career goals of residents.
D A DaRosa; D A Fullerton; I L Kron; M B Orringer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Annals of thoracic surgery     Volume:  69     ISSN:  0003-4975     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Thorac. Surg.     Publication Date:  2000 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-07-25     Completed Date:  2000-07-25     Revised Date:  2001-11-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  15030100R     Medline TA:  Ann Thorac Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1321-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Surgery, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois 60611, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Curriculum / standards
Internship and Residency*
Teaching / standards
Thoracic Surgery / education*
United States
Comment In:
Ann Thorac Surg. 2000 May;69(5):1319-20   [PMID:  10881797 ]

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