Article Abstract

Educating the future arthroscopic hip surgeon

Authors: Ryan P. Coughlin, Olufemi R. Ayeni


Although hip arthroscopy is one of the fastest growing fields in orthopaedic surgery, formalized education has not been emphasized in most training programs. Unique instrumentation, limited joint access and traction time are some of the factors that hinder trainee involvement in a particularly challenging learning environment. As programs adopt elements of competency-based education, more accurate surrogate markers of trainee performance will be needed. A variety of simulation models have been developed, however, their applications for teaching both technical and non-technical skills in hip arthroscopy remain rudimentary. Future research and development that focuses on valid and reliable teaching and assessment tools that are practical and affordable will be essential to prepare surgeons for independent practice in areas of hip arthroscopy.