Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
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Academic productivity and obstacles encountered during residency training: A survey among residents in orthopedics and traumatology programs in Turkey

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Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Medeniyet University, School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey

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Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Bahçelievler Medical Park Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey

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Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Metin Sabancı Baltalimanı Bone and Joint Diseases Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey

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Clinic of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Özel Saygı Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey

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Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Medipol University, School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey

AOTT 2020; 54: 311-319
DOI: 10.5152/j.aott.2020.03.243
Read: 302 Downloads: 59 Published: 02 April 2020

Objective: This study aimed to investigate the academic productivity of and the obstacles encountered by orthopedic residents in Turkey.

Methods: Overall, 220 orthopedic specialists who were registered in the Ministry of Health and had started orthopedic residency between 2009 and 2010 were invited to participate in a survey through e-mail. The survey comprised a total of 19 questions to evaluate the academic works conducted and obstacles encountered during residency. Academic work was defined as an article published in the peer-reviewed journals as well as an oral or poster presentation at a national or international congress. Case reports, letters to the editor, and technical notes were excluded.

Results: Data were obtained from 116 respondents who completed the survey. In peer-reviewed journals in Science Citation Index (SCI) or SCI-Expanded, the mean number of articles published with and without the first name per resident was 0.09 and 0.73, respectively. In peer-reviewed journals other than those in SCI and SCI-Expanded, the mean number of articles published with and without the first name per resident was 0.37 and 1, respectively. The mean number of oral and poster presentations per resident at national and international congresses was 2.63 and 4.67, respectively. No significant difference in the number of academic works was noted between the regions and institutions (p>0.05). A significant positive correlation was observed between the number of associate professors and assistant professors in the clinic and the total number of academic works (article plus presentation) (p<0.01 and p=0.017, respectively). Regarding encouragement and support to academic works, 6.9% of the respondents found the clinic to be excellent, 20.7% good, 24.1% moderate, and 48.3% bad. No significant difference in encouragement and support to academic works was noted among the institutions (p=0.115). The most common obstacle encountered in conducting academic works was long working hours (74.5%).

Conclusion: Regardless of the region and institution, the participation of orthopedic residents in academic works is low in Turkey. Several obstacles were encountered in conducting academic works, with the most common being long working hours.

Level of Evidence: Level IV, Diagnostic study

Cite this article as: Demirtaş A, Karadeniz H, Akman YE, Duymuş TM, Çarkçı E, Azboy İ. Academic productivity and obstacles encountered during residency training: A survey among residents in orthopedics and traumatology programs in Turkey. Acta Orthop Traumatol Turc 2020; 54(3): 311-9. DOI: 10.5152/j.aott.2020.03.243.

 

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