Undergraduate Surgical Education: a Global Perspective

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Undergraduate Surgical Education: a Global Perspective


JournalIndian Journal of Surgery
Article typeJournal research article – Clinical research
Publication date – Jun – 2021
Authors – Krithi Ravi, Ugonna Angel Anyamele, Moniba Korch, Nermin Badwi, Hassan Ali Daoud , Sayed Shah Nur Hussein Shah
Keywordseducation, Medical school, Skills, training, Undergraduate
Open access – Yes
SpecialitySurgical education
World region Eastern Africa, Northern Africa, Western Europe
Country: Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Somalia, United Kingdom
Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on July 2, 2021 at 10:47 am
Abstract:

Undergraduate surgical education is failing to prepare medical students to care for patients with surgical conditions, and has been significantly compromised by the COVID-19 pandemic. We performed a literature review and undertook semi-structured reflections on the current state of undergraduate surgical education across five countries: Egypt, Morocco, Somaliland, Kenya, and the UK. The main barriers to surgical education at medical school identified were (1) the lack of standardised surgical curricula with mandatory learning objectives and (2) the inadequacy of human resources for surgical education. COVID-19 has exacerbated these challenges by depleting the pool of surgical educators and reducing access to learning opportunities in clinical environments. To address the global need for a larger surgical workforce, specific attention must be paid to improving undergraduate surgical education. Solutions proposed include the development of a standard surgical curriculum with learning outcomes appropriate for local needs, the incentivisation of surgical educators, the incorporation of targeted online and simulation teaching, and the use of technology.

OSI Number – 21159

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