Description and evaluation of the Surgeons as Educators course

Debra DaRosa*, J. Roland Folse, Richard K. Reznick, Gary L. Dunnington, Ajit K. Sachdeva

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BACKGROUND: Since 1993, the American College of Surgeons has sponsored an annual 6-day course entitled the Surgeons as Educators. The course was designed to provide academic surgeons with the knowledge and skills necessary to enhance the surgical education curriculum, teaching strategies, educational program administration, and performance evaluation. This article describes the development, implementation, and effect of the course on the classes graduating in 1993 and 1994. STUDY DESIGN: The effect of the course was studied by using a longitudinal survey approach. A survey was mailed to participants 3 to 6 months after they completed the course. Graduates were asked to describe any education-related actions taken attributable to attending the Surgeons as Educators course. The quality of course content and presentations were evaluated by using end-of-course evaluation forms and dally feedback forms and by an external reviewer. RESULTS: Within 6 months of returning from the course, more than one half of the graduates initiated actions related to curriculum development, teaching strategies, or educational administration. One third or more of the graduates modified their performance and program evaluation systems. Using a five-point scale, ratings of the course content ranged from 3.78 to 4.64 for 'value of topic' and from 3.77 to 4.76 for 'quality of presentation.' Items evaluated by the graduates on the end-of-course evaluation forms ranged from 7.8 to 8.7 on a nine-point scale. CONCLUSIONS: The Surgeons as Educators course offered an opportunity for participants to interact among themselves and with course faculty about educational issues and to practice teaching skills. The course was highly rated for educational quality and value. The retreat environment and the length of the program helped attendees become immersed during this 'protected time' to analyze strengths and weaknesses of their programs and devise achievable plans to improve their abilities as educators and the effectiveness of their programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)499-505
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American College of Surgeons
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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