Background: High-quality workplace-based assessments are essential for competency-based surgical education. We explored education leaders’ perceptions regarding faculty competence in assessment. Methods: Surgical education leaders were surveyed regarding which areas faculty needed improvement, and knowledge of assessment tools. Respondents were queried on specific skills regarding (a)importance in resident/medical student education (b)competence of faculty in assessment and feedback. Results: Surveys (n = 636) were emailed, 103 responded most faculty needed improvement in: verbal (86%) and written (83%) feedback, assessing operative skill (49%) and preparation for procedures (50%). Cholecystectomy, trauma laparotomy, inguinal herniorrhaphy were “very-extremely important” in resident education (99%), but 21–24% thought faculty “moderately to not-at-all” competent in assessment. This gap was larger for non-technical skills. Regarding assessment tools, 56% used OSATS, 49% Zwisch; most were unfamiliar with all non-technical tools. These data demonstrate a significant perceived gap in competence of faculty in assessment and feedback, and unfamiliarity with assessment tools. This can inform faculty development to support competency-based surgical education.
- Competency-based surgical education
- Faculty development in surgery
- Faculty development needs assessment
- Surgery residency training
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