Are We on the Same Page? A Multi-Institutional Evaluation of Faculty and Resident Training Needs

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Resident and faculty needs are important in guiding the educational agenda; studies demonstrate that these groups do not always agree on needs. A previously piloted 50-item needs assessment evaluating content areas of feedback, the 15 Ob-Gyn milestone procedures, and simulation was used to assess and compare faculty and resident needs.


The needs assessment was administered electronically to two academic Ob-Gyn residency programs (located in South Carolina and Texas) in June 2016; all items were ranked on a 5-point agreement scale. Equivalent versions were written to capture resident and faculty perceptions of the training program; results were anonymous and participation was voluntary.


Forty-two surgical faculty (52.5%) and 47 residents (62.5%) completed the needs assessment; t tests compared resident/faculty group differences. Both groups agreed on the adequacy of surgical content, however, faculty consistently self-reported delivering feedback at a significantly higher level than residents' perceived receiving it (P<.05) for 8/16 feedback items. Overall, both groups were least satisfied with training in breech vaginal delivery, 3rd/4th-degree laceration repair and operative vaginal delivery; residents were most satisfied with training in cesarean delivery while faculty were most satisfied with laparoscopy. Both groups agreed simulation can improve procedure performance; no significant differences existed. These findings were consistent between institutions, although each institution's levels of agreement differed for individual items.


Although residents and faculty agree on areas of strengths and weaknesses, significant differences exist in perception of feedback delivery and reception.

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