Undergraduate Surgical Education is becoming an essential element in the training of the future generation of safe and efficient surgeons. Currently, evolving technology and increasing demand for excellence in patient care, have led towards the reconsideration of surgical curriculum, and various Medical Schools are introducing Basic Surgical Training (BST) skills at an earlier stage. Essential Skills in the Management of Surgical Cases – esmsc, is an international, combined applied surgical science and wet lab course, designed to combine basic science knowledge, with case-based learning and BST in vivo and ex vivo modules, aimed specifically at the undergraduate level. Its an intense SBL course aimed primarily at the undergraduate level.
Curriculum CI4R (3rd Edition) is a brand new ergonomic combination of current classic In Vivo and Ex Vivo stations with high fidelity research modules which aim to discover more on how students should be motivated towards the hands-on skills. Currently we are proud to introduce the "4th Core" which introduces delegates to the "non-technical skills" and tries to enhance the ability of the delegates to engage earlier on with decision making and familiarise themselves with the "soft skills" principles.
In vivo dissections & Scoping on high fidelity simulation model, ex vivo stations including ORIF, suturing, USS guided central access, Dexterity skills, Lap Simulator, Wound debridement, small interactive workshops, consist some parts of this exciting 2-year old now initiave.
Medical Students report overall improvement in their confidence to approach a surgical patient, and the mean feedback from both series was 9.50/10 (7-10, SD=0,86) and 8.61/10 (5-10, SD= 1.24). The overall ESMSC concept was positively evaluated, with mean score of 9.41/10 (8-10, SD=0.72) and 8.94/10 (7-10, SD=1.1). In the out of 10 scale, delegates thought that esmsc should be incorporated as a feature of undergraduate surgical curriculum with mean score 9.86/10 (8-10, SD 0.43) and (9.58/10, 6-10, SD=0.91). On comparison between UK vs. Greek Medical Students reports, as well as between Year 3,4 vs. Year 5,6 Medical Student responses revealed no statistical significant difference pertaining to any question (p>0.05).
Surgery is a rapidly evolving field of Medicine, hence involvement of students into Basic Surgical Training is essential. Simulation-based training is an efficient way towards the acquisition of basic surgical skills. Medical students seem to appreciate and seek any SBT opportunity in their undergraduate training years, and this is reflected in the ESMSC feedback report from both younger as well as more senior students. What is more, students across different European Countries, appear to have similar views on needs for training and development needs.