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Cureus. 2020 Jan 9;12(1):e6612. doi: 10.7759/cureus.6612.

Investigating the Perceived Efficacy of a Silicone Suturing Task Trainer Using Input from Novice Medical Trainees.

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Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, CAN.
Medical Education and Simulation, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, CAN.
Health Sciences, Ontario Tech University, Oshawa, CAN.


Suturing is an essential procedural skill that medical students are expected to be competent in before they graduate medical school; however, there is often a lack of suturing instruction and practice in undergraduate medicine curriculums. Silicone suturing task trainers created from 3D printed molds can help address this gap in medical education by improving student's manual skills before they perform procedures on real patients upon graduation. Commercially available suture task trainers on the market today lack validation from medical learners; therefore, this study aimed to evaluate the perceived efficacy of a silicone skin suture task trainer created from a 3D printed mold using input from novice medical trainees. A silicone task trainer created by MUN Med 3D was used to teach suturing during two surgery interest group skill development sessions. At the end of the sessions, 38 medical students completed a product evaluation survey that assessed the perceived educational efficacy of the suturing task trainer. Overall, the feedback received from the participants was positive and supported the use of silicone suturing task trainers in undergraduate medicine curriculums.


simulation based medical education; suture; three-dimensional printing

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The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

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