Innovative introduction to surgery in the preclinical years.


Journal Article

BACKGROUND: Lack of exposure to surgery in the preclinical years of medical school contributes to students' negative opinions of the field and to low application rates to categorical surgical programs. METHODS: Forty preclinical medical students attended a series of 16 seminars and practice sessions covering the gamut of surgical specialties and basic technical skills. Students were given a Likert format survey before and after taking the course. RESULTS: Students gave high ratings to course content (4.26/5) and lecturers (4.54/5). Students' confidence in their surgical skills doubled (1.45/5 to 3/5, P < .0001), and their perceived readiness for the surgical clerkship increased by 73% (1.63/5 to 2.82/5, P = .007). CONCLUSIONS: The preclinical years offer a promising venue for improving medical student interest and performance in surgery.

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Cited Authors

  • Riboh, J; Curet, M; Krummel, T

Published Date

  • August 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 194 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 227 - 230

PubMed ID

  • 17618810

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17618810

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-1883

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2006.12.038


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States