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Table 6 Pros and Cons of various boot camp features

From: The Otolaryngology boot camp: a scoping review evaluating commonalities and appraisal for curriculum design and delivery

Boot camp Feature Pro Con
Format One to Seven-day camp Ease in set up/execution; less time away from clinical activities Less time for learning consolidation
Four-week camp Additional time in camp may aid in knowledge retention and support better connection from theory to practice No evidence for long-term benefits; more labour intensive; more time away from clinical activities
Participants PGY-1 (interns, R1) Welcoming to profession; perceived ease of transition to residency[103] None identified
PGY-2 (R2) Added expertise may allow for better refinement of skills None identified
Instructors OHNS consultants Ease of organization None identified
Multidisciplinary staff (anesthesia, thoracic surgery, emergency medicine) Added expertise; emphasis on interdisciplinary communication More complexities in scheduling
Curriculum Design Didactic- based Ease in design; improved knowledge retention and comprehension post course[82] Less interactive; less desired by residents
Simulation Surgical learning styles prefer active experimentation[15]; improved resident perceived confidence, competency, and performance[1, 82, 85, 87, 91]; improved learner experience; value in teamwork/collaboration[94] More costly; more resource intensive
  1. OHNS: Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery