Analysis of a survey on orthopaedic residency training for fracture treatment in Korea

Yong Cheol Yoon, Sang Hoon Moon, Hyuk Min Kwon, Jae Ang Sim, Chang Wug Oh, Jong Keon Oh

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    Introduction: Fracture surgery is the most frequently performed orthopaedic procedure and is considered an essential surgical procedure for orthopaedic surgeons in general. Although the approach and circumstances of orthopaedic residency training for fracture treatment may differ between countries, the goals of training, which is to educate the residents regarding the principles of the fracture treatment and foster conscientious orthopaedic specialists, remain unchanged. Thus, the aim of the this study was to determine a desirable course of orthopaedic residency training by investigating and analysing the reality of training associated with fracture surgery and treatment during the orthopaedic residency of 4th year orthopaedic residents in Korea. Methods: Using a questionnaire survey, a one-on-one interview was proposed to 266 applicants following the secondary board examination of residents who had completed the orthopaedic residency training course; the survey was conducted on January 19, 2016. Responses from 152 applicants (response rate: 57%) who accepted to participate in the survey were statistically analysed. Results: During residency training, clinicians underwent fracture-related training for 3.5 h on average per month. Training consisted of various approaches and included lectures by professors, case briefings, textbook reading, and field training in an operating room. The residents largely differed in terms of experience in conducting fracture surgery: 47 (31%) responded that they had never performed fracture surgery during the training period, whereas 21 (14%) answered that they had conducted fracture surgery over 20 times. Experience in performing the surgical procedure was the most valuable in fracture training. Conclusion: To optimize fracture education among orthopaedic residents, the professors at teaching hospitals should understand the realities of fracture education, dedicate sufficient time for internal and external fracture teachings, and allow residents to perform fracture surgeries hands-on under their supervision, and also attempt to foster a social atmosphere that encourages all three factors.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2018-2023
    Number of pages6
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - 2018 Nov


    • Fracture
    • Korea
    • Residency training

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Emergency Medicine
    • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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