Residents' views of plastic surgery in the geriatric population: an objective needs assessment for graduate plastic surgery education

Ann Plast Surg. 2009 Sep;63(3):314-7. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0b013e31818d14d1.


Background: This study was undertaken to identify educational needs for plastic surgery residents regarding the care of elderly patients.

Methods: A focus group of plastic surgery residents was conducted. Investigators coded the focus group transcript, using a "concept identification" technique and organized the coded concepts within the 6 general competencies of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Codes were then analyzed to determine whether they reflected an area of educational need.

Results: Eight residents participated. Investigators coded 118 concepts. Educational need was identified in 102 (86%) of the concepts, with medical knowledge identified as the area of greatest need.

Conclusion: This study supports the need for improved education in geriatrics care at our program. This process facilitated the development of a new curriculum at our program and demonstrated that the concept coding technique is useful for analysis of focus groups for needs assessment in surgical education.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical, Graduate
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Geriatric Assessment
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Male
  • Needs Assessment
  • Problem-Based Learning*
  • Surgery, Plastic / education*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States