A pain in the neck - Medical student attitudes to the orthopaedic Spine

P. Groarke, J. Kelly, E. Flanagan, B. Lenehan

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Considerable deficiencies exist in the teaching of Orthopaedic medicine.This study aimed (i) to determine if spinal surgery was the Orthopaedic specialty that students found most difficult, (ii) to appraise attitudes towards teaching of the spine, and (iii) to suggest ways teaching might be improved. A questionnaire on Orthopaedic teaching was given to 238 final year medical students in Ireland. Perceived difficulties with spinal surgery were compared to seven other Orthopaedic sub-specialties. Suggestions made on how to maximise teaching potential included 69 (29%) for more tutorials,43 (18%) for more lectures, 26(11%) suggested a more structured training programme and 17 (7%) for increased use of online resources. The spine is one of the least popular Orthopaedic sub-specialties and considerable deficiencies exist in its education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8
Number of pages1
JournalIrish Medical Journal
Issue number8
StatePublished - Sep 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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