Surgeons at community hospitals have unique continued professional development (CPD) needs. After questioning 50 surgeons from 10 countries, the results of the study revealed a new understanding about what kind of medical education can best serve this group. It also provides essential reading for those who wish to assist these surgeons with patient care.
Most patients with orthopedic or trauma conditions are treated by surgeons working in community hospitals (medium or small sized hospitals). Even though this group of surgeons provides care to the majority of patients worldwide, very little research has been done on their continued professional development (CPD) needs. Culminating two years of study, this publication shares our discoveries on the learning gaps and preferences of community hospital surgeons. It reveals the challenges these surgeons face when attempting to solve unique clinical problems and meet their medical education requirements, suggesting potential solutions.
Piet de Boer, MA, FRCS
AO Foundation, Duebendorf, Switzerland