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Research Article

Development of a Workshop on “Optimizing Learning in Orthopaedic Surgery”

Veronica M R Wadey1*, William Kraemer2 and Douglas Archibald3

1Orthopaedic Surgeon, Holland Orthopaedic & Arthritis Centre, Toronto, Canada

2Program Director, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

3Educational Research Scientist, Department of Family Medicine, Bruyère Research Institute, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

*Corresponding Author:
Veronica M R Wadey
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Holland Orthopaedic & Arthritis Centre
Toronto, Canada
Tel: 416-967-8615
Fax: 416-967-8622
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: August 14, 2013; Accepted Date: October 16, 2013; Published Date: October 25, 2013

Citation: Wadey VMR, Kraemer W, Archibald D (2013) Development of a Workshop on “Optimizing Learning in Orthopaedic Surgery”. Orthop Muscul Syst 2: 132. doi: 10.4172/2161-0533.1000132

Copyright: © 2013 Wadey VMR et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Objective: The objective of this study was to conduct needs assessment, develop and evaluate a workshop
template pertaining to the “optimizing learning during orthopaedic residency training”.
Methods: A needs assessment with a composite group of residents was completed. Based on the needs
assessment specific objectives to be completed by the end of an interactive workshop were identified. Worksheets
from each group session were collected from the participants to create a summary of discussion sessions. We used
thematic analysis to analyze the discussion session. A standard evaluation tool was used to evaluate the workshop.
Setting: The largest accredited academic institution for orthopaedic surgery within North America.
Participants: All PGY1 through to PGY4 residents were invited to participate in the workshop and its evaluation. A
total of 44 residents participated in the workshop discussions and 39 residents evaluated the workshop.
Results: A workshop was developed based on the needs assessment. Schedule was outlined consisting of
small group discussions followed by a plenary session after each main domain. Summary of discussion sessions
was the main deliverable from this interactive orthopaedic resident workshop. Three main themes emerged from the
summary of discussion sessions to be of critical importance to optimize learning during orthopaedic residency: 1)
residents’ interaction with other residents and health care providers, 2) resources available to residents clinically and
academically and, 3) time management including clinical, academic and life management skills.
Conclusions: The summary of discussion sessions is an important document that may assist residents, even
those who did not attend the workshop, to optimize learning during orthopaedic residency. Future studies need to
evaluate the impact of the workshop on “optimizing learning during an orthopaedic residency training”.


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