ATTITUDES OF SURGICAL RESIDENTS TOWARD TRAUMA CARE: A CANADIAN-BASED STUDY

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Abstract

Surgical residents (n=330) registered in training programs in the province of Ontario, Canada were surveyed about their attitudes toward trauma care related issues. Questionnaires were returned by 48%. Overall, 84% felt that their clinical exposure to trauma was adequate; 78% noted that the emphasis placed on trauma topics in their educational programs was appropriate; 50% spend >10% of their current clinical time in trauma care. Orthopedic residents (n=43) were different: 79% devoted >10% and 29% >30% of their time to trauma. Future clinical activity in trauma as practicing surgeons was expressed by 83% of the trainees: 31% intended <10%, 46% 10% 30%, and 6% >30% of their future practices to be related to trauma. The major positive factors of trauma were the scope and excitement of trauma care. The major negative factors were the night/weekend activity and the time away from family. We are encouraged by the results of this survey in that a significant number of residents perceive trauma as a clinical endeavor to be incorporated into their future surgical practices.

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