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Med Teach. 2012;34(11):957-9. doi: 10.3109/0142159X.2012.706340. Epub 2012 Aug 22.

Peer assisted learning in surgical skills laboratory training: a pilot study.

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UCSF, USA. jessica.beard@ucsfmedctr.org

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Peer assisted learning (PAL) has been rarely investigated in surgical skills training.

AIMS:

Describe feedback residents give peers on surgical skills with and without guidelines, determine the association between feedback and actual performance, evaluate resident satisfaction with PAL.

METHOD:

Participants evaluated peers using a validated knot-tying checklist and provided feedback on suturing without a guideline. Feedback comments were coded by type and an expert scored performance of each participant. Residents completed a satisfaction questionnaire.

RESULTS:

Comments were generally specific. Feedback was twice as likely with the use of a guideline. Specific feedback correlated significantly with expert knot-tying score but not suturing score. Most participants felt peer feedback was helpful and were motivated to practice surgical skills after PAL sessions.

CONCLUSIONS:

Surgical residents can provide high quality specific feedback to peers on surgical skills using performance guidelines. Further exploration of effective PAL methodology in surgical skills laboratory training is needed.

PMID:
22913520
DOI:
10.3109/0142159X.2012.706340
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