One of the most significant changes to the structure of surgical training in the UK was the introduction of workplace-based assessments (WBAs). Since its integration into the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme, we as surgical trainees became the children of WBAs. Procedure-based assessment (PBA) is one of the pillars of WBAs and no surgical trainee portfolio is complete without a significant number of PBAs completed. As a senior trauma and orthopaedics trainee myself, I have encountered PBA on a regular basis, both as a trainee and as an assessor to my junior colleagues. My journey in understanding and implementing PBAs has not been a smooth one. This is also a reflection of almost all surgical trainees across all specialties. In this review, I aim to shed some light on my perspective on PBA, its values, limitations and concerns that have risen as a result of its introduction. I also aim to use my experiences to highlight possible ways of improvement in PBA.
- PBA surgical training
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