Research Priorities for Multi-Institutional Collaborative Research in Surgical Education

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

surgical education

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

North America - USA

Why was it conducted at all?

Research in surgical education has seen unprecedented growth but originates from single institutions and remains uncoordinated; this study aimed to generate a list of research priorities in surgical educational topics.

What was the objective?

to generate a list of priority topics where multi-institutional collaborative research is needed to advance surgical education and to identify the challenges associated with such research

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 40 research questions

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: Delphi round 1: participants were asked to formulate and submit up to five surgical educational research questions where multi-institutional collaborative projects are most urgently needed, 328 questions submitted. Step 2: data processing: resulting in 84 unique and answerable research questions. Step 3: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to rate each question, top 40 research questions moved forward. Step 4: Delphi round 3: participants were asked to re-rate questions based on group mean rating

Which stakeholders took part?

Members of the association for surgical education, association of program directors in surgery, and association of academic surgeons: surgical educators, surgeons. Delphi round 1: 103 participants. Delphi round 2: 62 participants. Delphi round 3: 55 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Participants were recruited via the memberships of the ASE, Association of Program Directors in Surgery, and Association of Academic Surgeons.

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders were mere participants of the research prioritization process; they were not actively involved in the process.