A Resident Survey Study of Orthopedic Fellowship Specialty Decision Making and Views on Arthroplasty as a Career

Sanaz Hariri, Sally C. York, Mary I. O'Connor, Brian S. Parsley, Joseph C. McCarthy

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Abstract

A dramatic shortage of total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA) surgeons has been projected because fewer residents enter arthroplasty fellowships, and the demand for THAs/TKAs is rising. The purposes of this study were to ascertain the future supply of THA/TKA surgeons, to identify the criteria residents use to choose their fellowship specialty, and to assess resident perceptions of an arthroplasty career. Four hundred ninety-eight post-graduate year 3 and above residents completed the online survey. Residents most highly prioritize intellectual factors and role models/mentors in determining their fellowship specialty. In the face of a looming patient access-to-care crisis, the data from this study support a policy of highlighting the intellectual challenges and satisfaction of THA/TKA as a career and encouraging mentorship early in a resident's training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)961-968.e1
JournalJournal of Arthroplasty
Volume26
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2011

Keywords

  • Arthroplasty
  • Career decision making
  • Fellowship
  • Resident

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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