Evaluation of a blended learning surgical skills course for rural surgeons

Amy L Halverson*, Debra DaRosa, David C. Borgstrom, Philip R. Caropreso, Tyler G. Hughes, David B. Hoyt, Ajit K. Sachdeva

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Abstract

Background Rural surgeons have unique learning needs not easily met by traditional continuing medical education courses. Methods A multidisciplinary team developed and implemented a skills curriculum focused on leadership and communication, advanced endoscopy, emergency urology, emergency gynecology, facial plastic surgery, ultrasound, and management of fingertip amputations. Results Twenty-five of 30 (89%) rural surgeons who completed a follow-up course evaluation reported that the knowledge acquired during the course had improved their practice and/or the quality of patient care, particularly by refining commonly used skills and expanding the care options they could offer to their patients. The surgeons reported incorporating changes in their communication and interaction with colleagues. Conclusions This course was successful, from participants' perspectives, in providing hands-on mentored training for a variety of skills that reflect the broad scope of practice of surgeons in rural areas. Attendees felt that their participation resulted in important behavior and practice changes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-142
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
Volume208
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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Emergencies
Communication
Continuing Medical Education
Quality of Health Care
Urology
Plastic Surgery
Gynecology
Amputation
Curriculum
Endoscopy
Patient Care
Surgeons

Keywords

  • Communication
  • Continuing professional development
  • Leadership
  • Rural surgery
  • Surgical quality
  • Surgical skills training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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Halverson, Amy L ; DaRosa, Debra ; Borgstrom, David C. ; Caropreso, Philip R. ; Hughes, Tyler G. ; Hoyt, David B. ; Sachdeva, Ajit K. / Evaluation of a blended learning surgical skills course for rural surgeons. In: American Journal of Surgery. 2014 ; Vol. 208, No. 1. pp. 136-142.
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In: American Journal of Surgery, Vol. 208, No. 1, 01.01.2014, p. 136-142.

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