Study habits of Canadian urology residents: Implications for development of a competence by design curriculum

Thomas A.A. Skinner, Louisa Ho, Naji J. Touma


Introduction: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the study habits of Canadian urology residents throughout their residency training.

Methods: A survey was administered to all final-year Canadian urology residents over a two-year period. Sixty-seven respondents answered a survey consisting of 54 questions scored on a 10-point Likert score. The survey addressed study habits throughout training, motivations for studying, and preferred resources used.

Results: Dedication to studying was directly correlated with proximity to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) exam. Ninety-six percent of residents reported studying over 10 hours per week during their chief year compared to 0% during their junior year. As residents progressed in their training, preparation for the Royal College exam became the greatest motivator for studying. There was considerable variability in study methods and study resources used throughout training. In their chief year, residents found such resources as the textbook Campbell-Walsh, AUA updates, CUA and AUA guidelines, and the study notes of former trainees to be valuable for their preparation. Teaching rounds, journal clubs, and reading current urological literature were found to be les helpful. Forty-six percent of all residents surveyed indicated that they would prefer writing their RCPSC exam one year earlier than the current timing.

Conclusions: This study provides insight into study habits of Canadian urology residents. This data may be helpful in shaping the future of urology training programs and examinations within Canada and elsewhere.

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