Transition periods in medical education are associated with increased risk for learners and patients. In pediatric surgery, the transition to specialty is especially difficult as learners adjust to new patient populations.
In this study we performed a targeted needs assessment to determine the ideal content and format of a pediatric surgery boot camp to aid in the transition to residency. The survey was distributed to pediatric surgery residents and staff across North America.
No significant differences were identified between staff and residents in survey responses. The top 5 topics identified for inclusion in a boot camp were: 1) Fluid and electrolyte management, 2) Appendicitis, 3) Pediatric Hernias, 4) Nutrition and 5) Pain Management. The preferred duration for a boot camp was 3-4 days using a variety of educational methods including e-learning, simulation and small group teaching.
Based on results of the needs assessment survey, a novel pediatric surgery boot camp curriculum can be developed.