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Changes Needed to Update Orthopedic Education

Last Updated: January 08, 2010.

There is a lack of urgency in traditional orthopedic residency training to address changes needed to deal with challenges, including the explosion of knowledge in the field, work-hour restrictions, and the limited supply of new trainees relative to growth in demand, according to an article in the Jan. 1 issue of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.

FRIDAY, Jan. 8 (HealthDay News) -- There is a lack of urgency in traditional orthopedic residency training to address changes needed to deal with challenges, including the explosion of knowledge in the field, work-hour restrictions, and the limited supply of new trainees relative to growth in demand, according to an article in the Jan. 1 issue of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.

Laura Robbins and colleagues at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City describe how a forum held at their hospital brought together directors of residency programs to evaluate the current training model and discuss the successful implementation of changes to training programs.

The researchers found that the four most commonly cited themes raised by participants were: the adverse impact of work-hour restrictions on training opportunities; the need for identification of a core body of knowledge in orthopedics; the need for common benchmarks; and generational differences between faculty and residents. The forum came up with a wide range of recommendations to address each issue.

"Residency education is essential for the well-being of our patients and the future viability of the field of orthopedic surgery," the authors write. "The recommendations are a road map to explore beneficial changes to all orthopedic programs and need to be developed further as we adapt to the ever-changing health care environment."

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