Gynecology-obstetric resident surgery training: a national evaluation
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The main objective of this study was to evaluate surgery training and evaluation of French gynecology-obstetrics residents. The second objective was to evaluate using simulation during residency.
This national descriptive study, utilized a questionnaire to survey all interns in French gynecology and obstetrics. At the end of a study, 129 responses of residents were analyzed.
The participation rate was 12%. The majority of residents were women (84%) and the highest response rate was from the Ile-de-France region (36%). The lowest rate was from the Southern region. The majority of residents were in the eighth semester (20%). Residents reported surgical and obstetric orientations in 53% (n = 68) and 44% (n = 57) of cases, respectively. Registration for cancer oncology was reported by 22% (n = 28) of respondents. Evaluation of oncologic surgery training was mostly considered “good” by the surgical group and “passable” by the obstetrics group. Access to simulators was usually restricted and most often utilized the pelvitrainer. Sessions were typically not mandatory and numbered between zero and five per semester. Three types of simulators were accessible in the Ile-de-France, North-West, West and Rhône-Alpes. The North-East did not have access to animal models, and the South-West did not have access to corpses. Surgical classes were more common in the Rhône-Alpes, North-East, Ile-de-France and North-West regions. To improve their training in oncological surgery, 64% (n = 18) of residents planned to do an inter-university exchange and 54% had completed additional specialized training. Measures that were most expected to improve training were increased training in surgery (96% of respondents, n = 27) and more intensive coaching (96%, n = 27).
Companionship is a pillar of residents training, but its effectiveness is variable. One solution could be to implement better use of simulation methods.
KeywordsAssessment Surgical training Internal Gynecology-obstetrics
Compliance with ethical standards
Conflict of interest
The authors declare that they have no confict of interest.
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