Procedural skills training. Canadian family practice residency programs

Can Fam Physician. 1999 Jan:45:78-85.


Objective: To survey Canadian family practice residency programs to discover which procedural skills residents are expected to learn.

Design: Cross-sectional eight-item questionnaire.

Setting and participants: The survey was sent to all 92 program directors and site or unit directors of family practice residency programs across Canada.

Main outcome measures: Information on procedural skills lists was solicited. We sought date of creation, date of most recent revision, and who was involved in creating the list. A copy of the most recent list available was requested.

Results: We received 65 responses, for a 71% return rate. Surveys were received from all provinces and from all Canadian universities offering family practice residency programs. We received 24 unique lists of procedural skills: the shortest listed only 10 procedural skills; the longest, 75 skills; and the average, 36 skills. Only five procedural skills were found on more than 80% of the lists; 30 skills were listed on half or more of the lists.

Conclusions: Canadian family practice residency programs have widely varying expectations of procedural skills for their residents. This survey is a first step in examining the whole issue of procedural skills training in Canadian family medicine programs.

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Data Collection
  • Family Practice / education*
  • General Surgery / education*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*