Factors Influencing Resident Satisfaction and Fellowship Selection in Orthopaedic Training Programs: An American Orthopaedic Association North American Traveling Fellowship Project

Xinning Li, Nicholas Pagani, Emily J. Curry, Bashar Alolabi, Jonathan F. Dickens, Anna N. Miller, Addisu Mesfin

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Abstract

Background:There is limited literature available about educational satisfaction and fellowship selection among orthopaedic surgery residents. The purpose of this study was to identify factors that influence resident subspecialty career choice, fellowship selection, and satisfaction with orthopaedic training programs.Methods:A self-report survey was electronically administered to orthopaedic surgery residents at 44 academic centers in the United States and Canada. Basic demographic information and level of satisfaction with a number of factors (surgical independence, mentorship opportunities, etc.) were evaluated using a 5-point Likert scale ranging from "excellent" to "poor." Summary statistics and group differences for discrete variables were compared with use of a chi-square test.Results:Of the 283 respondents, 77% rated residency program satisfaction as "very good" or "excellent," and 93% said they would choose the same training program again. Decreased surgical independence (p < 0.01), poor faculty reputation (p < 0.01), reduced volume and variety of cases (p < 0.01), inadequate mentorship (p < 0.01), and reduced educational opportunities (p < 0.01) were associated with low satisfaction. Surgical variety and job opportunities were the top 2 factors contributing to subspecialty choice. Sports medicine and joints were the most popular career choices; case volume, surgical variety, and program reputation were the top factors contributing to fellowship program selection.Conclusions:In order to achieve resident satisfaction, orthopaedic training programs should strive to improve resident surgical independence, surgical case variety, mentorship programs, faculty reputation, and educational opportunities. Important factors for fellowship program selection include case volume, surgical variety, and overall program reputation.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere46
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery
Volume101
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 May 2019
Externally publishedYes

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