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dc.contributor.authorKollias, J.-
dc.contributor.authorRainsbury, R.-
dc.identifier.citationANZ Journal of Surgery, 2003; 73(7):489-492-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Subspecialization in general surgery is being encouraged by various surgical societies. The aim of this study was to view attitudes of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) trainees to subspecialization in surgery, in particular, breast ­surgery. Methods: A postal questionnaire survey of registered RACS basic and advanced surgical trainees was conducted in February 2002. Trainees were asked to nominate their preferred specialty and to indicate the level of support and interest for subspecialty training in breast surgery. Trainees indicating breast surgery as their preferred career choice were then asked to nominate their reasons for choosing breast surgery, preferred options for cross-specialty training and for vocation specifications such as a continuing ‘on-call’ responsibility. Results: Trainees returned 291 of 1049 (28%) completed questionnaires. One hundred and sixty-nine trainees felt that the concept of breast subspecialization in general surgery was reasonable (58%). For all respondents, the most popular specialty choices were plastic surgery (15.8%), orthopaedics (15.5%) and general surgery (15.4%). Breast surgery was chosen by 14 of 291 (4.8%) respondents as their first specialty preference and a further 25 respondents as their second specialty preference. Of 189 trainees who did not choose breast surgery as their preferred specialty, 45% stated repetitive stress, escalating litigation or demanding patients as deterrent factors. Only 36% of trainees interested in breast surgery were interested in undertaking after hours ‘on-call’ work as a consultant, although 36 of 39 (92%) were interested in other forms of general or subspecialty elective surgical operating (i.e., endocrine surgery, surgical oncology) after completion of their training. According to trainees with an interest in breast surgery, the two most important aspects requiring inclusion in the proposed provisional training program were breast reconstruction (38%) and breast screen assessment (34%). Conclusion: Breast surgery is an unpopular subspecialty for RACS trainees. Breast surgery is likely to experience increasing ­problems with recruitment unless the skill base is reviewed and revised in line with the aspirations and needs of today's trainees.-
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityJames Kollias and Richard Rainsbury-
dc.publisherBlackwell Science Asia-
dc.subjectbreast surgery-
dc.titleSurgical trainees' attitudes to specialization in breast surgery-
dc.typeJournal article-
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