Leadership and business education in orthopaedic residency training programs.

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Journal Article

Leadership and business challenges have become increasingly present in the practice of medicine. Orthopaedic residency programs are at the forefront of educating and preparing orthopaedic surgeons. This study attempts to quantify the number of orthopaedic residency programs in the United States that include leadership or business topics in resident education program and to determine which topics are being taught and rate the importance of various leadership characteristics and business topics. A survey was sent to all orthopaedic department chairpersons and residency program directors in the United States via e-mail. The survey responses were collected using a survey collection website. The respondents rated the importance of leadership training for residents as somewhat important. The quality of character, integrity, and honesty received the highest average rating among 19 different qualities of good leaders in orthopaedics. The inclusion of business training in resident education was also rated as somewhat important. The topic of billing and coding received the highest average rating among 14 different orthopaedically relevant business topics. A variety of topics beyond the scope of clinical practice must be included in orthopaedic residency educational curricula. The decreased participation of newly trained orthopaedic surgeons in leadership positions and national and state orthopaedic organizations is concerning for the future of orthopaedic surgery. Increased inclusion of leadership and business training in resident education is important to better prepare trainees for the future.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kiesau, CD; Heim, KA; Parekh, SG

Published Date

  • 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 117 - 121

PubMed ID

  • 21838073

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21838073

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1548-825X

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States