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Early intervention to promote medical student interest in surgery and the surgical subspecialties.
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PMID:  23337675     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: Concerns about projected workforce shortages are growing, and attrition rates among surgical residents remain high. Early exposure of medical students to the surgical profession may promote interest in surgery and allow students more time to make informed career decisions. The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of a simple, easily reproducible intervention aimed at increasing first- and second-year medical student interest in surgery.
DESIGN: Surgery Saturday (SS) is a student-organized half-day intervention of four faculty-led workshops that introduce suturing, knot tying, open instrument identification, operating room etiquette, and basic laparoscopic skills. Medical students who attended SS were administered pre-/post-surveys that gauged change in surgical interest levels and provided a self-assessment (1-5 Likert-type items) of knowledge and skills acquisition.
PARTICIPANTS: First- and second-year medical students.
OUTCOME MEASURES: Change in interest in the surgical field as well as perceived knowledge and skills acquisition.
RESULTS: Thirty-three first- and second-year medical students attended SS and completed pre-/post-surveys. Before SS, 14 (42%) students planned to pursue a surgical residency, 4 (12%) did not plan to pursue a surgical residency, and 15 (46%) were undecided. At the conclusion, 29 (88%) students indicated an increased interested in surgery, including 87% (13/15) who were initially undecided. Additionally, attendees reported a significantly (p < 0.05) higher comfort level in the following: suturing, knot tying, open instrument identification, operating room etiquette, and laparoscopic instrument identification and manipulation.
CONCLUSIONS: SS is a low resource, high impact half-day intervention that can significantly promote early medical student interest in surgery. As it is easily replicable, adoption by other medical schools is encouraged.
Madhukar S Patel; Bhavraj Khalsa; Asheen Rama; Fariba Jafari; Ara Salibian; David B Hoyt; Michael J Stamos; Brian R Smith
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-10-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of surgical education     Volume:  70     ISSN:  1878-7452     ISO Abbreviation:  J Surg Educ     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101303204     Medline TA:  J Surg Educ     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  81-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 Association of Program Directors in Surgery. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, Irvine, California.
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