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Training in microsurgical skills: Does course-based learning deliver?

Atkins, JL; Kalu, PU; Lannon, DA; Green, CJ; Butler, PEM; (2005) Training in microsurgical skills: Does course-based learning deliver? Microsurgery , 25 (6) pp. 481-485. 10.1002/micr.20150.

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Practical skill training courses are an increasingly popular method of teaching surgical skills. Few data are available from instructional courses indicating how successful they are at imparting practical skills to those individuals who attend them. We aimed to identify the skill benefits gained by trainee surgeons attending a 5-day microsurgical skills course. A global scoring system was devised to objectively assess the level of skill employed by trainees to complete an arterial microvascular anastamosis. Vessel patency, anastamotic construct, and care of tissue in the surrounding operative field were taken into account. Postoperative tissue viability and physiological vessel function following anastamosis were also investigated. The majority of surgeons (60%) exhibited an increase in their level of microsurgical skill during the course. The remaining candidates remained static or deteriorated. Attendance at this microsurgical training workshop resulted in an improvement in microsurgical skills in most trainees. In-course assessment by training courses would allow identification of individuals requiring further training or skill refinement.

Type: Article
Title: Training in microsurgical skills: Does course-based learning deliver?
Location: United States
DOI: 10.1002/micr.20150
Keywords: Anastomosis, Surgical, Animals, Clinical Competence, Curriculum, Education, Medical, Continuing, Femoral Artery, Humans, Microsurgery, Rats, Rats, Sprague-Dawley, Tissue Survival
UCL classification: UCL > Office of the President and Provost
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/177234
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