School of Medicine and Health Sciences Poster Presentations

Title

Adult Reconstruction Hip and Knee Fellowship Program Content and Accessibility

Poster Number

322

Document Type

Poster

Status

Medical Student

Abstract Category

Quality Improvement

Keywords

Fellowship, Hip and Knee, Adult Reconstruction, Fellowship Program, Accessibility

Publication Date

Spring 2018

Abstract

Background: To assess the accessibility and content of accredited adult reconstruction hip and knee fellowship program websites.

Methods: Using the online database of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), we compiled a list of accredited adult hip and knee/tumor reconstruction fellowship programs. A full list of adult reconstruction hip and knee fellowship programs was gathered from the AAHKS website. The program website links they provided were evaluated. A google search was conducted to identify program websites, and analyzed for accessibility and content in three domains: program overview, applying/recruitment, and education.

Results: At the time the study was conducted, there were 78 accredited adult reconstruction hip and knee fellowship programs identified through the AAHKS program directory. Three of the 78 programs identified had a functional link on the AAHKS fellowship program directory; however, Google search identified 60 websites. 18 programs did not have a website and were not evaluated for content. Data analysis of content in the domains of program details, application process/recruitment and education revealed that most websites included a program description and director name with contact information. However, they were not as comprehensive in the application process/recruitment and education domains.

Conclusions: AAHKS provides a reasonable method of identifying programs. Yet, most programs can readily be identified using a Google Search (76.9%). Although most fellowship program websites contained program details, there is still paucity of information for fellowship candidates.

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Adult Reconstruction Hip and Knee Fellowship Program Content and Accessibility

Background: To assess the accessibility and content of accredited adult reconstruction hip and knee fellowship program websites.

Methods: Using the online database of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), we compiled a list of accredited adult hip and knee/tumor reconstruction fellowship programs. A full list of adult reconstruction hip and knee fellowship programs was gathered from the AAHKS website. The program website links they provided were evaluated. A google search was conducted to identify program websites, and analyzed for accessibility and content in three domains: program overview, applying/recruitment, and education.

Results: At the time the study was conducted, there were 78 accredited adult reconstruction hip and knee fellowship programs identified through the AAHKS program directory. Three of the 78 programs identified had a functional link on the AAHKS fellowship program directory; however, Google search identified 60 websites. 18 programs did not have a website and were not evaluated for content. Data analysis of content in the domains of program details, application process/recruitment and education revealed that most websites included a program description and director name with contact information. However, they were not as comprehensive in the application process/recruitment and education domains.

Conclusions: AAHKS provides a reasonable method of identifying programs. Yet, most programs can readily be identified using a Google Search (76.9%). Although most fellowship program websites contained program details, there is still paucity of information for fellowship candidates.