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How Do Patients Really Feel About Residents and Students?

| February 16, 2015 August 2, 2023 | |

how do patients feel about residents and studentsAn article written by Dr. Ergun Kocak was published on Kevindmd.com.

Currently, I work in private practice based mostly out of community and specialty hospitals. I spend most of my time working with a small team consisting of my partner (Dr. Tiwari), our Physician Assistant (Maggie), our office manager (Lauren), and our clinical navigator (Jordan). Each week is remarkably similar to the last one, with each member of the team plays a vital role in keeping the practice running efficiently and successfully.

But my life wasn’t always entirely this consistent. Before entering private practice, I spent several years working in an academic, university-based system where I had the pleasure and honor of teaching students, residents, and fellows in addition to surgery and research. While I generally appreciated having these eager learners at my side, I was unsure how patients felt about their presence and involvement.

To better understand exactly how patients feel about students’ presence, we carried out a survey-based study in academic and non-academic plastic surgeons’ offices. The results were quite surprising.

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My article was published on KevinMD.com. You may also read an abstract of our study in the Journal of Surgical Education.

Read the KevinMD article hereRead the study abstract here.

If you have additional questions or observations about the subject, we encourage you to email them to us at info@mwbreast.com.

About the Author

Dr. Ergun Kocak, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the breast using DIEP, SIEA GAP, TUG, PAP, and direct-to-implant, in Columbus and Cincinnati, OH.
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*Our blog entries are written in order to further educate our patients and raise awareness towards topics related to plastic surgery. Any solutions offered on this blog are intended to help possible patients develop educated decisions before undergoing a consultation with our doctors.

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