Students’ Preferences for Instruction in General Surgery

Learning the medical processes and practices taught during medical school may be accomplished in several ways. Some examples of these approaches to teaching include the buddy system, story-based learning, and the patient’s perspective. Students employ these approaches to master surgical techniques and give the highest quality care to their patients.

The conventional medical education and training framework was substantially interrupted during the COVID-19 epidemic. Because of this, conventional methods of instruction and evaluation were replaced with more creative alternatives. Online education is one example of these approaches. Online distance education allows for more personalization and lower overall costs than traditional classroom settings.

The term “peer learning” refers to students learning from one another. Many good institutional impacts have been linked to peer learning. Students can hone their interpersonal, academic, and analytical talents. Students are also encouraged to develop their learning strategies.

Students may benefit academically and professionally by engaging in peer-learning activities. Because of this, they may feel more comfortable interacting with patients, more capable of handling challenging circumstances, and more at home in the hospital setting. In addition, it may assist pupils in learning how to manage their time better.

During the 2009 COVID-19 epidemic, we researched the effectiveness of online peer learning in higher education. One method used to assess the quality of the learning environment was a survey research strategy administered to the students. It was determined whether the students had acquired experience in peer responsibility if they were more comfortable with group facilitation, and if they would continue with the redesigned MR experience.

Training doctors with narrative medicine may help them become better writers and more introspective thinkers. In addition, multidisciplinary work might benefit from this kind of education. Students may learn to communicate more effectively with one another and with patients, their loved ones, and other healthcare professionals. Better communication lines between patients and doctors might help alleviate some of their pain.

Students pursuing careers in medicine are essential to the sector’s long-term success. Even though their contributions to patient safety are sometimes underappreciated, these students play an essential role in the medical field. Therefore, it’s important to seek out their input actively. Responsible doctors and advocates for patient safety may grow more effectively via peer-assisted learning. Storytelling is a powerful tool for helping students retain information from their studies.

The use of narrative medicine in medical education was the subject of recent research. The research employed a case-based, interactive seminar on surgical safety that lasted for an hour. Teaching materials included a PowerPoint presentation with voiceover narration and a formal lecture covering course content. Patient safety norms in the area informed the revisions.

It’s no secret that patients might suffer negative outcomes due to surgical mistakes. Poor judgment and inadequate approaches to resolving issues are to blame. Because of this, students must learn basic surgical techniques at an early stage in their medical education. A second crucial step is teaching future doctors how to spot and report mistakes.

The researchers set out to verify the efficacy of techniques used to boost surgical theater personnel’s awareness of their surroundings. To do this, an assessment of surgical teams’ abilities was performed.

Each surgical team was graded on their technical proficiency and interpersonal and communication abilities. Video and motion analysis tools were used to evaluate technical proficiency. A questionnaire was used to evaluate non-technical abilities. Additional clinical specialists evaluated the work of two surgeons.

Technical and non-technical abilities were shown to have a negative relationship with participants’ perceptions of their own team’s quality. The anesthesia staff performed far worse than the nurses.

It is crucial to raise people’s awareness about the prevalence of medical mistakes and to foster a culture that promotes the prompt reporting of such mistakes. Patient damage may result from these mistakes, which include surgical site infections and catheter-related bloodstream infections. A literature search also reveals that prompt disclosure helps stop mistakes from happening again.

This research focuses on how medical interns feel about telling patients about mistakes in their care. The information was gathered with the use of a questionnaire created by the researchers themselves. In the survey, we asked our interns how they felt about and planned to approach the subject of medical ethics disclosure. Two scenarios were presented to test students’ reactions to a hypothetical medical mistake.

As this research shows, medical interns are on board with the idea of reporting mistakes to reduce patient damage in the future. Furthermore, they feel that patients should be informed of any mistakes. Also, they think doctors’ reputations should be safeguarded by publicizing any instances of medical negligence.


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Dr. Carlos Chacon

As a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Carlos Chacon brings with him years of experience in the full spectrum of cosmetic surgery procedures. A fellowship at Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California equipped him with additional skills and knowledge to perform plastic surgery on patients who have lost a significant amount of weight as seen on ABC's hit primetime show, Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. On this show, overweight participants are tasked with losing half of their body weight through strategic dieting and exercise under the guidance and watchful eye of a trainer. Once the participant lost the necessary amount of weight, many elected to undergo plastic surgery to complete their Extreme Makeover. The surgical procedures included medically necessary and dramatic skin removal surgery.

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