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Title: What it takes to become an orthopaedic surgeon: A comparison of orthopaedic surgical training programmes in 10 countries focusing on structure and fellowship requirements
Authors: Incoll, Ian W ;Ludwig, J.;Jakobsen, R.B.;Charles, Y.P.;Seifert, J.;Wood, M.L.;Parmar, D.;Canter, R.
Affliation: Central Coast Local Health District
The University of Newcastle
Issue Date: Nov-2021
Source: 95:106150
Journal title: International Journal of Surgery
Department: Orthopaedics & Trauma Surgery
Abstract: BACKGROUND: The quality of surgical training has been highlighted as one of the most important patient safety issues in the future. Training surgeons and supporting them to do their best should be considered integral in providing optimum and safe care for the individual patient and the best possible return on investment in training medical professionals. In 2011, an international consensus statement defined fundamental principles for surgical training. PURPOSE: This study examines orthopaedic surgical training to explore the similarities and differences in the requirements for trainees to obtain board certification in ten countries. METHODS: Countries of the Commonwealth Health Care Comparison: Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland were chosen to be compared. The relevant information was extracted from official information from authorities and administrative bodies. RESULTS: The study revealed significant differences in duration, organisation and assessment of training. So-called "competency-based" training is not featured in every country, and the manner of its implementation is variable. In particular, the numbers in surgical cases required to be accredited varies by country ranging from 1260 (UK) to 340 (Norway). CONCLUSION: Despite the recommendation in 2011 for some degree of uniformity across surgical training in industrialised countries, evidence suggests wide variation in the training programmes which is likely to be a concern in both quality of training as well as present and future patient safety.
URI: https://elibrary.cclhd.health.nsw.gov.au/cclhdjspui/handle/1/2060
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijsu.2021.106150
Pubmed: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34715383/
ISSN: 1743-9159
Publicaton type: Journal Article
Keywords: Surgery
Orthopaedics
Appears in Collections:Health Service Research

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