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Peer-assisted teaching of basic surgical skills

Preece, Ryan, Dickinson, Emily Clare, Sherif, Mohamed, Ibrahim, Yousef, Ninan, Ann Susan, Aildasani, Laxmi, Ahmed, Sartaj and Smith, Philip ORCID: 2015. Peer-assisted teaching of basic surgical skills. Medical Education Online 20 (1) , 27579. 10.3402/meo.v20.27579

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Background Basic surgical skills training is rarely emphasised in undergraduate medical curricula. However, the provision of skills tutorials requires significant commitment from time-constrained surgical faculty. Purpose We aimed to determine how a peer-assisted suturing workshop could enhance surgical skills competency among medical students and enthuse them towards a career in surgery. Methods Senior student tutors delivered two suturing workshops to second- and third- year medical students. Suturing performance was assessed before and after teaching in a 10-min suturing exercise (variables measured included number of sutures completed, suture tension, and inter-suture distance). Following the workshop, students completed a questionnaire assessing the effect of the workshop on their suturing technique and their intention to pursue a surgical career. Results Thirty-five students attended. Eighty-one percent believed their medical school course provided insufficient basic surgical skills training. The mean number of sutures completed post-teaching increased significantly (p<0.001), and the standard deviation of mean inter-suture distance halved from ±4.7 mm pre-teaching, to ±2.6 mm post-teaching. All students found the teaching environment to be relaxed, and all felt the workshop helped to improve their suturing technique and confidence; 87% found the peer-taught workshop had increased their desire to undertake a career in surgery.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: Co-Action Publishing: Creative Commons Attribution / Co-Action Publishing
ISSN: 1087-2981
Date of Acceptance: 10 April 2015
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 10:19

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