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Surgical training rotation design: effects of hospital type, rotation theme and duration

Robinson, D. B. T., Hopkins, L., James, O. P., Brown, C., Powell, A. G. M. T. ORCID:, Hemington-Gorse, S., Abdelrahman, T., Lewis, W. G. and Egan, R. J. 2020. Surgical training rotation design: effects of hospital type, rotation theme and duration. BJS Open 4 (5) , pp. 970-976. 10.1002/bjs5.50326

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Background Entrants into UK surgical specialty training undertake a 2‐year programme of core surgical training, rotating through specialties for varying lengths of time, at different hospitals, to gain breadth of experience. This study aimed to assess whether these variables influenced core surgical trainee (CST) work productivity. Methods Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme portfolios of consecutive CSTs between 2016 and 2019 were examined. Primary outcome measures were workplace‐based assessment (WBA) completion, operative experience and academic outputs (presentations to learned societies, publications and audits). Results A total of 344 rotations by 111 CSTs were included. Incremental increases in attainment were observed related to the duration of core surgical training rotation. The median number of consultant‐validated WBAs completed during core surgical training were 48 (range 0–189), 54 (10–120) and 75 (6–94) during rotations consisting of 4‐, 6‐ and 12‐month posts respectively (P  < 0·001). Corresponding median operative caseloads (as primary surgeon) were 84 (range 3–357), 110 (44–394) and 134 (56–366) (P  < 0·001) and presentations to learned societies 0 (0–12), 0 (0–14) and 1 (0–5) (P = 0·012) respectively. Hospital type and specialty training theme were unrelated to workplace productivity. Multivariable analysis identified length of hospital rotation as the only factor independently associated with total WBA count (P = 0·001), completion of audit (P = 0·015) and delivery of presentation (P = 0·001) targets. Conclusion Longer rotations with a single educational supervisor, in one training centre, are associated with better workplace productivity. Consideration should be given to this when reconfiguring training programmes within the arena of workforce planning.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 2474-9842
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 31 July 2020
Date of Acceptance: 17 June 2020
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 02:15

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