Practice administration training needs of recent general surgery graduates

Surgery. 2015 Sep;158(3):773-6. doi: 10.1016/j.surg.2015.02.028. Epub 2015 Jun 6.


Introduction: Practice administration education and experience during surgery residency are variable among residency programs. To better understand these issues, a survey of recent General Surgery residency (GS) graduates was compared with the results from a survey of GS program directors (PD).

Methods: All GS graduates completing residency from 2009 to 2013 (n = 5,512) were surveyed to assess opinions regarding the desire for more instruction during residency in practice administration. General surgeons were defined as those not pursuing fellowship training; specialist surgeons (SS) completed additional training after their GS residency. Separately, all GS residency PDs were surveyed regarding practice administration education in their programs.

Results: A total of 3,354 responded to the GS graduate survey (response rate = 61%). GS comprised 26% of the respondents. The vast majority of all respondents desired more training in practice administration. There were no significant differences in the degree to which instruction was desired among GS, SS, residency program type, or current practice setting. The GS PD response rate was 68% (171/252 programs). Only 28% of programs included practice administration in the residency curriculum.

Conclusion: Practice administration education is highly desired by GS and SS graduates. Our findings indicate a clear need for a curriculum in practice administration during residency.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / methods*
  • General Surgery / education*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency / methods*
  • Needs Assessment*
  • Practice Management, Medical*
  • United States