Sinha, SN and Page, W, Interns' Day in Surgery: improving intern performance through a simulation-based course for final year medical students, A N Z Journal of Surgery, 85, (1-2) pp. 27-32. ISSN 1445-1433 (2015) [Refereed Article]
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Methods: Final year medical students of the University of Tasmania's School of Medicine posted at the Royal Hobart Hospital participated in a half-day simulation course, comprised of multiple simulation stations, which required students to perform the basic tasks a competent surgical intern would be expected to complete. Students completed a survey which investigated their confidence with each task before and after the course.
Results: Overall, the majority of students thought that the Interns' Day in Surgery course was useful. The most significant improvements perceived were in case presentation (57.5% to 94.6%; P = 0.02) and communication with patients and other professional colleagues (55.5% to 75.5%; P = 0.01). A follow-up survey of doctors who attended this course reinforced its benefits.
Conclusion: Simulation-based courses in clinical practice provide good learning opportunities for final year medical students within the curriculum. This study confirms significant gains in all skills categories practised during the course with perceived benefits subsequently identified by interns. This should lead to a less stressful and more successful transition from student to doctor and ultimately, better patient care.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||clinical skills, communication, feedback, medical education, simulation|
|Research Group:||Curriculum and pedagogy|
|Research Field:||Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy|
|Objective Division:||Education and Training|
|Objective Group:||Learner and learning|
|Objective Field:||Learner and learning not elsewhere classified|
|UTAS Author:||Sinha, SN (Professor Sankar Sinha)|
|UTAS Author:||Page, W (Ms Wendy Page)|
|Year Published:||2015 (online first 2014)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||4|
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