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Research Priorities for Multi-Institutional Collaborative Research in Surgical Education
The American Journal of Surgery
  • Dimitrios Stefanidis
  • Amalia Cochran
  • Nick Sevdalis
  • John Mellinger
  • Roy Phitayakorn
  • Maura Sullivan
  • Linda M. Barney, Wright State University
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Background Research in surgical education has seen unprecedented growth but originates from single institutions and remains uncoordinated; this study aimed to generate a list of research priorities in surgical educational topics. Methods The membership of the Association for Surgical Education was asked to submit up to 5 research questions concerned with multi-institutional collaborative surgical education research and to identify challenges faced by surgical education researchers. A modified Delphi methodology was used to create the research agenda based on these responses. Results Surgical educators responded to 3 survey rounds. Categories of submitted questions included teaching methods and curriculum development; assessment and competency; simulation; medical student preparation and selection; impact of work hour restrictions; and faculty development. Participants cited institutional culture and practice variability and lack of institutional review board coordination as common barriers to collaborative research, while identifying extensive planning, frequent communication, and availability of dedicated research coordinators as the most important facilitators. Conclusions Using a Delphi methodology, a prioritized agenda for multi-institutional surgical education research was developed that may help advance surgeon education.
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Dimitrios Stefanidis, Amalia Cochran, Nick Sevdalis, John Mellinger, et al.. "Research Priorities for Multi-Institutional Collaborative Research in Surgical Education" The American Journal of Surgery Vol. 209 Iss. 1 (2015) p. 52 - 58 ISSN: 00029610
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