Ugeskr Læger 2016;178:V68531
Orthopaedics’ megalomania – myth or mobbing?
INTRODUCTION: It is a general impression in the world of medicine that orthopaedic surgeons differ from doctors of other specialties in terms of intellect and self-confidence. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the self-confidence of orthopaedics.MATERIALS AND METHODS: We asked doctors from 30 different specialties to fill out a questionnaire. In addition to this, the participating orthopaedics were asked to rate their self-perceived surgical skills.RESULTS: In all, 120 orthopaedics and 416 non-orthopaedic doctors completed the questionnaire. There was no difference in GSE scores between orthopaedics and other doctors (p = 0.58). 98% of young orthopaedics estimated that their surgical talent was average or above average when compared with their colleagues on the same level of education. 72% believed that they were “equally talented”, “more talented”, or “far more talented” than their colleagues on a higher level of education. 76% believed that when assisting a senior surgeon the patients would “sometimes” (60%), “often” (14%) or “always” (2%) be better off if they were the ones performing the operation. More orthopaedics than non-orthopaedics believed that their specialty was regarded as one of the least important specialties in the world of medicine (p = 0.001).CONCLUSION: Orthopaedic surgeons in general are not more self-confident than other doctors or the average population, but young orthopaedic surgeons have a very high level of confidence in their own operation skills.FUNDING: none.TRIAL REGISTRATION: none.