Self-perceived readiness to perform at the attending level following surgical specialist training in Denmark

Rasmus Fabricius, Martin Sillesen, Morten Sejer Hansen, Randi Beier-Holgersen

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INTRODUCTION: Great effort has been invested in improving the educational aspect of the Danish five-year national surgical residency programme. Among other initiatives, an updated logbook containing specific objectives was implemented in 2015. The effect of current and prior educational efforts has not previously been studied. In the present study, we aim to investigate the role of supervision in the national surgical residency programme and the self-perceived readiness to undertake the role of a specialist doctor in gastrointestinal surgery in a cohort of gastrointestinal surgeons graduating in 2012 and 2013.

METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted, and questionnaires matching the categories from the American Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education were distributed to all Danish surgical residents graduating from the national surgery residency programme in 2012 or 2013.

RESULTS: A total of 30 graduated residents (55%) responded to the Danish survey. Among those, 14 (47%) felt ready to be a specialist in surgery. A total of 25 (83%) answered that increased supervision would have increased their selfperceived competencies to serve as a surgical specialist. Self -perceived readiness was significantly associated with level of supervision during surgical training (p = 0.02), whereas no association with operative volume could be established.

CONCLUSIONS: A worryingly high number of graduates did not feel ready to undertake their role as a gastrointestinal surgical specialist. Adequate supervision seems to play a crucial role in education.

FUNDING: none.


Original languageEnglish
Article numberA5415
JournalDanish Medical Bulletin (Online)
Issue number10
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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