It depends on your perspective: Resident satisfaction with operative experience

Jennifer A. Perone, Grant Fankhauser, Deepak Adhikari, Hemalkumar Mehta, Majka B. Woods, Douglas Tyler, Kimberly M. Brown

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Introduction: Resident satisfaction is a key performance metric for surgery programs; we studied factors influencing resident satisfaction in operative cases, and the concordance of faculty and resident perceptions on these factors. Methods: Resident and faculty were separately queried on satisfaction immediately following operative cases. Statistical significance of the associations between resident and faculty satisfaction and case-related factors were tested by Chi-square or Fisher's exact test. Results: Residents and faculty were very satisfied in 56/87 (64%) and 36/87 (41%) of cases respectively. Resident satisfaction was associated with their perceived role as surgeon (p < 0.04), performing >50% of the case (p < 0.01), autonomy (p < 0.03), and PGY year 4-5(p < 0.02). Faculty taking over the case was associated with both resident and faculty dissatisfaction. Faculty satisfaction was associated with resident preparation (p < 0.01), faculty perception of resident autonomy (p < 0.01), and faculty familiarity with resident's skills (p < 0.01). Conclusions: Resident and faculty satisfaction are associated with the resident's competent performance of the case, suggesting interventions to optimize resident preparation for a case or faculty's ability to facilitate resident autonomy will improve satisfaction with OR experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
StateAccepted/In press - Apr 5 2016


  • General surgery residency
  • Operative satisfaction
  • Operative training
  • Resident autonomy
  • Resident education
  • Resident perceptions
  • Resident satisfaction
  • Resident training
  • Surgical residents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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