Medical Student Involvement and Learning Objectives in Morbidity and Mortality Conferences: A National Survey of the Association for Surgical Education's Committee of Clerkship Directors.

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BACKGROUND: Despite implementation of Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Conference across surgical graduate medical education, sparse literature exists regarding the attendance and involvement of medical students. We sought to examine student involvement and learning objectives for M&M on a national level. METHODS: A survey was distributed through the Association for Surgical Education Committee of Clerkship Directors. Questions examined demographics, teaching practices regarding M&M, and student learning objectives. RESULTS: Forty-eight responses were collected reflecting practices of weekly M&M (96%) and required student attendance (93%). Students are observers in 61% of M&Ms, observer with questions in 37%, and presenter at 2%. Learning objectives for M&M highlighted exposing students to conference style (76%), reflective learning (63%), and highlighting medical error (78%). CONCLUSIONS: It is the national standard for medical students to attend weekly M&M. Student learning objectives reflect desires to improve exposure to this style of teaching conference and understanding the gravity of medical error.

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Cited Authors

  • Leraas, HJ; Cox, ML; Rhodin, KE; Freischlag, K; Gilmore, BF; Chang, D; Sudan, R; Haney, J; Migaly, J

Published Date

  • 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 77 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 138 - 143

PubMed ID

  • 31501068

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1878-7452

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jsurg.2019.07.010


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States