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J Surg Educ. 2011 Sep-Oct;68(5):377-81. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2011.03.006. Epub 2011 May 26.

Perceptions of operating room learning experiences during the obstetrics and gynecology clerkship.

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Alpert Medical School of Brown University/Women and Infants' Hospital of Rhode Island, Providence, RI 02905, USA. bhampton@wihri.org

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

There is little published describing curriculum development for the medical student in the operating room (OR).

PURPOSE:

Explore student and faculty perceptions of learning experiences in the OR during the Obstetrics and Gynecology (Ob/Gyn) clerkship as a prelude to defining OR-specific learning objectives and curriculum.

METHODS:

Fourth year students and Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty participated in structured, audiotaped focus groups aimed at defining OR educational objectives and curriculum content. Review of audiotapes identified emergent themes used to categorize perceived learning experiences.

RESULTS:

Two focus groups including 13 students and 1 focus group including 5 faculty were conducted. Four dominant categories of OR learning were identified: (1) development of a foundation of clinical knowledge; (2) surgical technique and skill acquisition; (3) personal insight into career choice; and (4) surgical culture and OR functioning.

CONCLUSIONS:

Students and faculty were aligned regarding general categories of key OR learning experiences, building an experiential framework for developing OR-specific learning objectives and curricular components.

PMID:
21821216
DOI:
10.1016/j.jsurg.2011.03.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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