Plastic surgery in the undergraduate curriculum: the importance of considering students' perceptions
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AbstractAs the undergraduate medical curriculum becomes increasingly crowded the competition for time inevitably increases and surgical specialties have decreasing representation. Plastic surgery is regarded with some confusion in terms of its relevance to the generic doctor. Plastic surgeons have no doubt about the relevance of the specialty to undergraduates. Others see this as a very technical specialty dealing with complex reconstructions and surgical interventions or, as a rather indulgent specialty focusing mainly on glamour and cosmesis. This study focuses on students' perceptions of an undergraduate teaching program in plastic surgery. The reality is that highly pressured undergraduates do not have the luxury of time to consider the finer details of the specialties to which they are exposed. Their priority is to pass their examinations and, having addressed that concern, further information becomes an acceptable bonus. The conclusion is that if plastic surgeons are going to gain greater involvement in the undergraduate curriculum they must start with involvement in examinations and assessments. The students wilt then ensure that adequate and appropriate teaching time is allocated. (C) 2004 Published by Elsevier Ltd on behalf of The British Association of Plastic Surgeons.
All Author(s) ListBurd A, Chiu T, McNaught C
Name of ConferenceWinter Meeting of the British-Association-Plastic-Surgeons
Start Date of Conference03/12/2003
End Date of Conference05/12/2003
Place of ConferenceLondon
Journal nameBritish Journal of Plastic Surgery
Volume Number57
Issue Number8
Pages773 - 779
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordsassessment; evaluation; undergraduate teaching
Web of Science Subject CategoriesSurgery

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