A survey of study habits of general surgery residents

Daniel Dante Yeh, John O. Hwabejire, Ayesha Imam, John T. Mullen, Douglas Smink, George Velmahos, Marc Demoya

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Abstract

Objective: To understand the study habits of general surgery residents as well as their motivating factors for study. Design: A survey was mailed to general surgical residents. Performance on the American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination (ABSITE) was correlated with reported study habits using the Pearson's correlation coefficient. Setting: Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, 2 urban tertiary referral academic training institutions in Boston, Massachusetts. Participants: Fifty-eight general surgical residents of all training levels (including research). Results: On average, surgical residents studied for 3 ± 1 days per week, the average duration of each study session being 1.3 ± 0.6 hours. The average total number of study hours per week was 3.4 ± 2.3. There were strong positive correlations between increased study frequency and high overall ABSITE score (Pearson's r = 0.339; p = 0.02) and between the total number of study hours per week and high overall ABSITE score (Pearson's r = 0.423; p < 0.005). Only 10% and 3% reported complete satisfaction with current study materials and routine, respectively. Most residents (96%) reported a willingness to try a new type of study method and 75% were willing to enroll in a trial comparing study methods. Conclusions: Increased study frequency and overall increased study duration are positively correlated with ABSITE performance. Dissatisfaction with current study materials and study routine is high, as is willingness to adopt new methods and enroll in investigational trials comparing study methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-23
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Surgical Education
Volume70
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • ABSITE
  • general surgery
  • motivation
  • study habits

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Education

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