Business and Practice Management Knowledge Deficiencies in Graduating Orthopedic Residents.

American journal of orthopedics (Belle Mead, N.J.)

PubMedID: 26447414

Miller DJ, Throckmorton TW, Azar FM, Beaty JH, Canale ST, Richardson DR. Business and Practice Management Knowledge Deficiencies in Graduating Orthopedic Residents. Am J Orthop. 2015;44(10):E373-8.
We conducted a study to determine the general level of knowledge that orthopedic residents have on business and practice management topics at graduation and to evaluate the level of knowledge that practicing orthopedic surgeons need in order to function effectively in a medical practice. Residency graduates from a single training program were asked to complete a survey that gathered demographic information and had surgeons rate their understanding of 9 general business and practice management skills and the importance of these skills in their current practice situation. The amount of necessary business knowledge they lacked at graduation was defined as a functional knowledge deficiency (FKD) and was calculated as the difference between the reported importance of a topic in current practice and the level of understanding of that topic at graduation (larger FKD indicates greater deficiency). Those in physician-managed practices reported significantly higher levels of understanding of economic analytical tools than those in nonphysician-managed practices. There were no other statistically significant differences among groups. Hospital-employed physicians had the lowest overall FKD (4. 0), followed by those in academic practices (5. 1) and private practices (5. 9). Graduating orthopedic surgeons appear to be inadequately prepared to effectively manage business issues in their practices, as evidenced by the low overall knowledge levels and high FKDs.