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Surgical curriculum concordance: requiem for the educational dream

Luton, Oliver, James, Osian Penri, Mellor, Katie, Powell, Arfon ORCID:, Hopkins, Luke, Robinson, David Bryan Thomas, Egan, Richard and Lewis, Wyn 2021. Surgical curriculum concordance: requiem for the educational dream. Postgraduate Medical Journal 10.1136/postgradmedj-2020-139385

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This study aimed to analyse the degree of relative variation in speciality-specific competencies required for Certification of Completion of Training (CCT) set by the UK Joint Committee for Surgical Training (JCST) 2021 curriculum. Regulatory body guidance related to operative and non-operative surgical skill competencies required for CCT were analysed and compared. Wide inter-speciality variation was demonstrated in the minimum number of logbook cases (median 815; range 54 to 2100), indexed operations (8; 5 to 24) and procedure-based assessments (35; 6 to 110). Academic competencies related to peer-reviewed publications, communications to learned societies and audits were aligned at zero, zero and three across specialities, respectively. Mandatory courses have been standardised with Advanced Trauma Life Support being the sole pre-requisite CCT for all. JCST certification guidelines have broadly standardised competency domains, yet large discrepancies persist regarding operative indicative numbers and assessments. This article serves as a definitive CCT guide regarding prevailing changes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN: 0032-5473
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 27 August 2021
Date of Acceptance: 7 December 2020
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 11:32

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