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Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

, Volume 42, Issue 3, pp 886–890 | Cite as

Education on the Business of Plastic Surgery During Training: A Survey of Plastic Surgery Residents

  • Steven A. Ovadia
  • Kriya Gishen
  • Urmen Desai
  • Alejandro M. Garcia
  • Seth R. Thaller
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Abstract

Background

Entrepreneurial skills are important for physicians, especially plastic surgeons. Nevertheless, these skills are not typically emphasized during residency training.

Objective

Evaluate the extent of business training at plastic surgery residency programs as well as means of enhancing business training.

Methods

A 6-question online survey was sent to plastic surgery program directors for distribution to plastic surgery residents. Responses from residents at the PGY2 level and above were included for analysis. Tables were prepared to present survey results.

Results

Hundred and sixty-six residents including 147 PGY2 and above residents responded to our survey. Only 43.5% reported inclusion of business training in their plastic surgery residency. A majority of residents reported they do not expect on graduation to be prepared for the business aspects of plastic surgery. Additionally, a majority of residents feel establishment of a formal lecture series on the business of plastic surgery would be beneficial.

Conclusions

Results from our survey indicate limited training at plastic surgery programs in necessary business skills. Plastic surgery residency programs should consider incorporating or enhancing elements of business training in their curriculum.

Level of Evidence V

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Keywords

Plastic surgery Business Training Residency Entrepreneur 

Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

None of the authors has a financial interest in any of the products, devices, or drugs mentioned in this manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven A. Ovadia
    • 1
  • Kriya Gishen
    • 1
  • Urmen Desai
    • 1
  • Alejandro M. Garcia
    • 1
  • Seth R. Thaller
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, DeWitt-Daughtry Family Department of SurgeryUniversity of Miami, Leonard Miller School of MedicineMiamiUSA

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