Table 4.

Attitudes of surgery program directors toward PDC training

QuestionAlla (n = 93)Academic (n = 64)Private (n = 24)
How would you rank the importance of training surgical residents in PDC placement?
    very important3 (3)2 (3)1 (4)
    important41 (45)28 (44)10 (42)
    neutral31 (34)24 (38)6 (25)
    not important14 (15)8 (13)5 (21)
    completely irrelevant3 (3)1 (2)2 (8)
    total responses926324
Do you believe that residency training in PDC placement affects PDC outcomes after trainees enter practice?
    strongly agree11 (12)7 (11)4 (17)
    agree46 (49)36 (56)9 (38)
    neutral29 (31)17 (27)8 (33)
    disagree6 (7)4 (6)2 (8)
    strongly disagree1 (1)0 (0)1 (4)
    total responses936424
Do you feel that placing PDCs in residency increases the likelihood that surgeons will place PDCs after they enter practice?
    strongly agree15 (16)10 (16)4 (17)
    agree42 (45)30 (47)11 (46)
    neutral28 (30)18 (28)7 (29)
    disagree8 (9)6 (9)2 (8)
    strongly disagree0 (0)0 (0)0 (0)
    total responses936424
Do you feel your program could provide more training in surgical PDC placement if asked?
    yes56 (62)41 (65)13 (59)
    no34 (38)22 (35)9 (41)
    total responses906322
  • Data reported as n (%) of actual responses.

  • a Data for programs listed as military or other not shown individually.