Analysing the operative experience of basic surgical trainees in Ireland using a web-based logbook

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/145081
Title:
Analysing the operative experience of basic surgical trainees in Ireland using a web-based logbook
Authors:
Lonergan, Peter E; Mulsow, Jurgen; Tanner, W ARTHUR; Traynor, Oscar; Tierney, Sean
Citation:
BMC Medical Education. 2011 Sep 25;11(1):70
Issue Date:
25-Sep-2011
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/145081
Abstract:
Abstract Background There is concern about the adequacy of operative exposure in surgical training programmes, in the context of changing work practices. We aimed to quantify the operative exposure of all trainees on the National Basic Surgical Training (BST) programme in Ireland and compare the results with arbitrary training targets. Methods Retrospective analysis of data obtained from a web-based logbook (http://www.elogbook.org) for all general surgery and orthopaedic training posts between July 2007 and June 2009. Results 104 trainees recorded 23,918 operations between two 6-month general surgery posts. The most common general surgery operation performed was simple skin excision with trainees performing an average of 19.7 (± 9.9) over the 2-year training programme. Trainees most frequently assisted with cholecystectomy with an average of 16.0 (± 11.0) per trainee. Comparison of trainee operative experience to arbitrary training targets found that 2-38% of trainees achieved the targets for 9 emergency index operations and 24-90% of trainees achieved the targets for 8 index elective operations. 72 trainees also completed a 6-month post in orthopaedics and recorded 7,551 operations. The most common orthopaedic operation that trainees performed was removal of metal, with an average of 2.90 (± 3.27) per trainee. The most common orthopaedic operation that trainees assisted with was total hip replacement, with an average of 10.46 (± 6.21) per trainee. Conclusions A centralised web-based logbook provides valuable data to analyse training programme performance. Analysis of logbooks raises concerns about operative experience at junior trainee level. The provision of adequate operative exposure for trainees should be a key performance indicator for training programmes.
Item Type:
Journal Article

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dc.contributor.authorLonergan, Peter E-
dc.contributor.authorMulsow, Jurgen-
dc.contributor.authorTanner, W ARTHUR-
dc.contributor.authorTraynor, Oscar-
dc.contributor.authorTierney, Sean-
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-12T15:39:48Z-
dc.date.available2011-10-12T15:39:48Z-
dc.date.issued2011-09-25-
dc.identifierhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6920-11-70-
dc.identifier.citationBMC Medical Education. 2011 Sep 25;11(1):70-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/145081-
dc.description.abstractAbstract Background There is concern about the adequacy of operative exposure in surgical training programmes, in the context of changing work practices. We aimed to quantify the operative exposure of all trainees on the National Basic Surgical Training (BST) programme in Ireland and compare the results with arbitrary training targets. Methods Retrospective analysis of data obtained from a web-based logbook (http://www.elogbook.org) for all general surgery and orthopaedic training posts between July 2007 and June 2009. Results 104 trainees recorded 23,918 operations between two 6-month general surgery posts. The most common general surgery operation performed was simple skin excision with trainees performing an average of 19.7 (± 9.9) over the 2-year training programme. Trainees most frequently assisted with cholecystectomy with an average of 16.0 (± 11.0) per trainee. Comparison of trainee operative experience to arbitrary training targets found that 2-38% of trainees achieved the targets for 9 emergency index operations and 24-90% of trainees achieved the targets for 8 index elective operations. 72 trainees also completed a 6-month post in orthopaedics and recorded 7,551 operations. The most common orthopaedic operation that trainees performed was removal of metal, with an average of 2.90 (± 3.27) per trainee. The most common orthopaedic operation that trainees assisted with was total hip replacement, with an average of 10.46 (± 6.21) per trainee. Conclusions A centralised web-based logbook provides valuable data to analyse training programme performance. Analysis of logbooks raises concerns about operative experience at junior trainee level. The provision of adequate operative exposure for trainees should be a key performance indicator for training programmes.-
dc.titleAnalysing the operative experience of basic surgical trainees in Ireland using a web-based logbook-
dc.typeJournal Article-
dc.language.rfc3066en-
dc.rights.holderLonergan et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.-
dc.description.statusPeer Reviewed-
dc.date.updated2011-10-10T15:06:37Z-
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