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Medical student perceptions of the scope of plastic and reconstructive surgery.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23038146     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The scope of plastic surgery is not well understood by people outside the field. Better educating medical students about plastic surgery may improve understanding of the field, establish appropriate referral patterns early on, and assist with career decision-making. The purpose of this study was to assess medical student understanding of plastic surgery and to analyze the impact of prior plastic surgery clinical exposure on this understanding.
METHODS: An online survey consisting of 24 clinical scenarios was administered to medical students of the University of Utah. After indicating their level of training and whether they had prior clinical exposure to plastic surgery or other surgical subspecialties, students selected one or more appropriate surgical subspecialties to manage each scenario.
RESULTS: Of 408 students, 230 (56.4%) responded to the survey. Prior clinical exposure to plastic surgery was reported by 15.8% to 29.4% of students (first to fourth year). Overall, 92% of students chose at least one acceptable surgical specialty for referral. Plastic surgery was selected by only 54% of students for all conditions, and this did not improve throughout medical school. Senior students (third and fourth years) with prior plastic surgery exposure chose plastic surgery more often than those without prior exposure (71% vs. 51%, P < 0.0001). Plastic surgery was chosen most frequently for rhinoplasty and breast reconstruction and less frequently for hand/peripheral nerve surgery and wound surgery.
CONCLUSIONS: Improved medical student education about the scope of plastic surgery is needed, especially in the areas of hand/peripheral nerve surgery and general reconstructive surgery.
Jayant P Agarwal; Shaun D Mendenhall; Linh A Moran; Paul N Hopkins
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of plastic surgery     Volume:  70     ISSN:  1536-3708     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Plast Surg     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-02-15     Completed Date:  2013-06-11     Revised Date:  2014-03-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7805336     Medline TA:  Ann Plast Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  343-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Career Choice*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Population Surveillance
Reconstructive Surgical Procedures / education*
Referral and Consultation / trends
Students, Medical / statistics & numerical data*
Surgery, Plastic / education*
United States
Comment In:
Ann Plast Surg. 2013 Aug;71(2):129   [PMID:  23838754 ]
Ann Plast Surg. 2013 Aug;71(2):130   [PMID:  23838755 ]
Ann Plast Surg. 2013 Aug;71(2):129-30   [PMID:  23657051 ]

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