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Am J Surg. 2007 Aug;194(2):227-30.

Innovative introduction to surgery in the preclinical years.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Stanford University, 300 Pasteur Dr. H3591, Stanford, CA 94305-5641, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Lack of exposure to surgery in the preclinical years of medical school contributes to students' negative opinions of the field and to low application rates to categorical surgical programs.

METHODS:

Forty preclinical medical students attended a series of 16 seminars and practice sessions covering the gamut of surgical specialties and basic technical skills. Students were given a Likert format survey before and after taking the course.

RESULTS:

Students gave high ratings to course content (4.26/5) and lecturers (4.54/5). Students' confidence in their surgical skills doubled (1.45/5 to 3/5, P < .0001), and their perceived readiness for the surgical clerkship increased by 73% (1.63/5 to 2.82/5, P = .007).

CONCLUSIONS:

The preclinical years offer a promising venue for improving medical student interest and performance in surgery.

PMID:
17618810
DOI:
10.1016/j.amjsurg.2006.12.038
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