Jennifer Z. Li, MD*; Stephanie C.Y. Chan, BEng, MD†; Michael Au, BMSc, MD‡; Jen Hoogenes, MS, PhD*§; Tiffany Chan, BSc, MD¶; Katy Li, BHSc, MD**; Susan Reid, MD*
From the *McMaster Surgical Education and Research Group (MacSERG), Department of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont., †Department of Ophthalmology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ont., ‡Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont., §Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont., ¶Department of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, and the **Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont.
Presented as a poster at the 2012 Surgical Education Week (Association for Surgical Education) and the 2012 Canadian Conference on Medical Education.
Evidence suggests that early exposure to surgical techniques, surgical knowledge and mentors strongly correlates with students’ interest, knowledge and confidence in general surgery as a postgraduate career choice. Preclerkship exposure to surgery and implementation of a formal surgical curriculum is often restricted owing to attending surgeon time commitments and cost limitations. To promote earlier exposure to surgery, a group of senior medical students at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont., developed and implemented a novel pilot program with a surgical lecture series and a surgical skills laboratory for preclerkship students. This commentary discusses the effectiveness of these initiatives.
Accepted for publication Aug. 1, 2013
Correspondence to: J.Z. Li, Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning Faculty of Health Sciences, 1280 Main St. West, MDCL 3101A, Hamilton ON, L8S 4K1, firstname.lastname@example.org