Practice patterns and attitudes toward education among Canadian obstetricians and gynecologists
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A group of 1370 specialists in obstetrics and gynecology were surveyed for information about practice patterns, continuing medical education preferences, and their perception of the adequacy of their own residency training. The overall response rate was 65.7%. More than half were in solo practice, practiced in communities of over 250,000, had been in practice for more than 10 years, or had a full or part-time appointment with a Canadian medical school. A wide range of continuing medical education methods were used. Journals were ranked highest by 41%. It is disturbing that very few physicians (15%) indicated any involvement in practice audit. The quality of residency training was ranked low in a number of areas including genetic counseling, ultrasound, neonatology, intensive care, colposcopy, sexual dysfunction, marital counseling, and hysteroscopy. The survey highlights a number of areas that merit the attention of Canadian programs in postgraduate and continuing medical education in obstetrics and gynecology.