A needs assessment of education research topics among surgical educators in the United States

R. Phitayakorn, A. Salles, J. L. Falcone, A. R. Jensen, S. Steinemann, L. Torbeck

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Abstract

Background There are currently no courses that focus specifically on surgical education research. A needs assessment of surgical educators is required to best design these courses. Methods A cross-sectional survey-based study on all faculty members of the Association for Surgical Education was done to determine their education research needs. Results The overall response rate was 15% and the majority of the 78 respondents were physicians (63%) in their mid- to late career stage (65%). Participants thought research topics should be taught at an advanced level in a workshop format. Senior educators were less interested than junior educators in learning to create conceptual frameworks (p = 0.038) and presenting their research at national meetings (p = 0.014). Conclusions Surgical educators desire more training in education research techniques that are taught in a workshop format at a national surgical education meeting. These workshops may lay the groundwork for a nationally recognized certificate in surgical education research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-352
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of surgery
Volume213
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017

Keywords

  • Continuing professional development
  • Needs assessment
  • Surgical education research

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    Phitayakorn, R., Salles, A., Falcone, J. L., Jensen, A. R., Steinemann, S., & Torbeck, L. (2017). A needs assessment of education research topics among surgical educators in the United States. American journal of surgery, 213(2), 346-352. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjsurg.2016.11.044