Objective. The aim of this study was to report the opinions of experienced gynecologic oncologists concerning the surgical education and experiences of residents. Methods. The 1997 membership directory of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists was used to identify individuals who were members for at least 5 years and on the faculty of residency training programs. One hundred seventy members were identified and a nine-question survey was mailed to them. Results. One hundred nineteen (70%) surveys were returned. One hundred seventeen individuals were on the faculty of residency training programs and involved in the surgical training of residents. Ninety- six percent reported that gynecologic oncologists were a major resource for surgical education at their institution. Eight-nine (76%) reported a change in the volume of major abdominal and vaginal surgical procedures performed for noninvasive disease over the past 5 years. Of these 89, 16 (18%) reported that surgical volume at their institution decreased by 10%, 38 (43%) reported that surgical volume decreased by 10-25%, and 17 (19%) reported that surgical volume decreased by more than 25%. Sixty-three percent of all respondents reported that residents were not as well versed in pre- and postoperative care when compared to those of 5 years ago. Sixty-five percent of all respondents reported that graduating residents were less prepared in surgical techniques when compared to those of 5 years ago. Seventy-five percent of respondents reported that the primary care requirements of the RRC have decreased the amount of surgical experience, ICU rotations, and anesthesia rotations. Sixty percent of all respondents operated with other attending surgeons on more difficult cases, and 29% had changed to this practice within the past 5 years. Eighty-two percent believed that more time during residency training needs to be devoted gynecologic surgical experience. Conclusions. Experienced gynecologic oncologists on the faculty of residency training programs report a decrease in surgical skills and surgical experiences when compared to residents trained 5 years ago.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Obstetrics and Gynecology