The perceived efficacy and utility of spine bioskills curricula for resident and fellow education: Perceived Utility of Spine Bioskills Training

Michael H. McCarthy*, Barrett S. Boody, Peter R. Swiatek, Brett D. Rosenthal, Jason Savage, Wellington K. Hsu, Alpesh A. Patel

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The purpose of this study is to assess the role of bioskills in orthopaedic and neurosurgical resident education. A survey of the utilization and perceived efficacy of bioskills was submitted to Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS) members. 36/104 surgeons responded, including 25 orthopaedic, 7 neurosurgical, and 4 integrated respondents. 63% of orthopaedic and 83% of neurosurgery faculty, reported using bioskills. When asked if completion of bioskills modules would encourage advancing trainees’ participation (1–10 scale, 10 greatly increase), neurosurgical faculty reported 4.00 versus orthopaedics 6.43. Although orthopaedic faculty perceive greater efficacy of bioskills, the clinical impact of this difference remains uncertain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-91
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Orthopaedics
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020



  • Bioskills
  • Fellow education
  • Medical curricula
  • Resident education
  • Spine surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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