Researching in Surgical Education: A Surgeon Perspective

  • Rhea LiangEmail author
Part of the Innovation and Change in Professional Education book series (ICPE, volume 17)


This chapter draws on perspectives gained as a surgeon undertaking education research. It begins by addressing three questions that surgeons may ask regarding the relationships between themselves, educationalists, and surgical practice. What is the place of education research in surgical practice? What is the place of surgeons in education research? What is the place of educationalists in surgical education research? It then discusses three threshold concepts which may prove problematic for surgeons – moving from one dominant research paradigm to multiple potential paradigms, thinking outside the apprenticeship model, and moving from a neutral stance to an examined (and declared) stance. Finally, five practical suggestions for undertaking education research are offered – finding or developing a community of practice, narrowly defining the research, proper consideration for ethical aspects, finding the balance between being ‘far enough in’ and ‘far enough out’, and time management with surgical practice.


Research Paradigms Community of practice Educationalist Researcher Ethics Teaching Learning Education Theory Levels of evidence Ontology Epistemology Systematic reviews Methodology Time management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Gold Coast HealthSouthportAustralia
  2. 2.Bond UniversityGold CoastAustralia
  3. 3.Royal Australasian College of SurgeonsMelbourneAustralia

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