Competency-based education: a new model for teaching orthopaedics

Instr Course Lect. 2013;62:565-9.


The current methods used to train residents to become orthopaedic surgeons are based on tradition, not evidence-based models. Educators have only a limited ability to assess trainees for competency using validated tests in various domains. The reduction in resident work hours limits the time available for clinical training, which has resulted in some calls for lengthening the training process. Another approach to address limited training hours is to focus training in a program that allows residents to graduate from a rotation based on demonstrated competency rather than on time on a service. A pilot orthopaedic residency curriculum, which uses a competency-based framework of resident training and maximizes the use of available training hours, has been designed and is being implemented.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Competency-Based Education* / organization & administration
  • Competency-Based Education* / standards
  • Humans
  • Models, Educational
  • Orthopedics / education*
  • Program Development