An analysis of orthopedic training of family practice residents

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Trotter, Roger C.
Bock, William, 1933-
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Thesis (M.S.)--Ball State University, 1977.
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This study reviewed the methods of teaching orthopedics to family practice residents. It explored the areas of how, when, and to what end. Questionaires were sent to all family practice residency programs in the United States. The complied results showed that most residents are taught during a block assignment for four weeks in the second year of residency. The results showed preceptorships being utilized most frequently and for at least 50% of the teaching time. Lectures were used next most frequently and usually for 20% or less of the teaching time. Nearly all of the respondants felt their residents were qualified to initially manage athletic injuries, simple fractures, and low back pain. On the management of infant foot problems, 63% felt their residents were qualified and 36% felt they were not. This difference was felt to be due to a difference in content and not process. Suggestions for future research were put forth.Ball State UniversityMuncie, IN 47306