Objective assessment of surgical performance and its impact on a national selection programme of candidates for higher surgical training in plastic surgery.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/207484
Title:
Objective assessment of surgical performance and its impact on a national selection programme of candidates for higher surgical training in plastic surgery.
Authors:
Carroll, Sean M; Kennedy, A M; Traynor, Oscar; Gallagher, Anthony G
Affiliation:
St Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin 4, Ireland. smdc@indigo.ie
Citation:
J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2009 Dec;62(12):1543-9. Epub 2008 Oct 19.
Journal:
Journal of plastic, reconstructive & aesthetic surgery : JPRAS
Issue Date:
1-Feb-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/207484
DOI:
10.1016/j.bjps.2008.06.054
PubMed ID:
18930701
Abstract:
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to develop and validate a transparent, fair and objective assessment programme for the selection of surgical trainees into higher surgical training (HST) in plastic surgery in the Republic of Ireland. METHODS: Thirty-four individuals applied for HST in plastic surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in the academic years 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. Eighteen were short-listed for interview and further assessment. All applicants were required to report on their undergraduate educational performance and their postgraduate professional development. Short-listed applicants completed validated objective assessment simulations of surgical skills, an interview and assessment of their suitability for a career in surgery. RESULTS: When applicants' short-listing scores were combined with their interview scores and assessment of their suitability for a career in surgery, individuals who were selected for HST in plastic surgery performed significantly better than those who were not (P<0.002). However, when the assessment of technical skills scores were added the significance level of this difference increased further (P<0.0001) as did the statistical power of the difference to 99.9%, thus increasing the robustness of the selection package. CONCLUSION: The results from this study suggest that the assessment protocol we used to select individuals for HST in plastic surgery reliably and statistically significantly discriminated between the performances of candidates.
Language:
eng
MeSH:
Adult; Career Choice; *Clinical Competence; Education, Medical, Graduate/*organization & administration; Educational Measurement/methods; Female; Humans; Interviews as Topic; Ireland; Male; *School Admission Criteria; Surgery, Plastic/*education
ISSN:
1878-0539 (Electronic); 1748-6815 (Linking)

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorCarroll, Sean Men_GB
dc.contributor.authorKennedy, A Men_GB
dc.contributor.authorTraynor, Oscaren_GB
dc.contributor.authorGallagher, Anthony Gen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-01T10:29:08Z-
dc.date.available2012-02-01T10:29:08Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-01T10:29:08Z-
dc.identifier.citationJ Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2009 Dec;62(12):1543-9. Epub 2008 Oct 19.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1878-0539 (Electronic)en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1748-6815 (Linking)en_GB
dc.identifier.pmid18930701en_GB
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.bjps.2008.06.054en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/207484-
dc.description.abstractOBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to develop and validate a transparent, fair and objective assessment programme for the selection of surgical trainees into higher surgical training (HST) in plastic surgery in the Republic of Ireland. METHODS: Thirty-four individuals applied for HST in plastic surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in the academic years 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. Eighteen were short-listed for interview and further assessment. All applicants were required to report on their undergraduate educational performance and their postgraduate professional development. Short-listed applicants completed validated objective assessment simulations of surgical skills, an interview and assessment of their suitability for a career in surgery. RESULTS: When applicants' short-listing scores were combined with their interview scores and assessment of their suitability for a career in surgery, individuals who were selected for HST in plastic surgery performed significantly better than those who were not (P<0.002). However, when the assessment of technical skills scores were added the significance level of this difference increased further (P<0.0001) as did the statistical power of the difference to 99.9%, thus increasing the robustness of the selection package. CONCLUSION: The results from this study suggest that the assessment protocol we used to select individuals for HST in plastic surgery reliably and statistically significantly discriminated between the performances of candidates.en_GB
dc.language.isoengen_GB
dc.subject.meshAdulten_GB
dc.subject.meshCareer Choiceen_GB
dc.subject.mesh*Clinical Competenceen_GB
dc.subject.meshEducation, Medical, Graduate/*organization & administrationen_GB
dc.subject.meshEducational Measurement/methodsen_GB
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_GB
dc.subject.meshHumansen_GB
dc.subject.meshInterviews as Topicen_GB
dc.subject.meshIrelanden_GB
dc.subject.meshMaleen_GB
dc.subject.mesh*School Admission Criteriaen_GB
dc.subject.meshSurgery, Plastic/*educationen_GB
dc.titleObjective assessment of surgical performance and its impact on a national selection programme of candidates for higher surgical training in plastic surgery.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentSt Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin 4, Ireland. smdc@indigo.ieen_GB
dc.identifier.journalJournal of plastic, reconstructive & aesthetic surgery : JPRASen_GB
dc.description.provinceLeinster-

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