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Incoming residents' knot-tying and suturing skills: Are medical school boot camps sufficient? Am J Surg 2020 Sep;220(3):616-619

Date

02/09/2020

Pubmed ID

32033773

DOI

10.1016/j.amjsurg.2020.01.031

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-85078949560

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Many medical schools offer M4 boot camps to improve students' preparedness for surgical residencies. For three consecutive years, we investigated the impact of medical school boot camps on intern knot-tying and suturing skills when measured at the start of residency.

METHODS: Forty-two interns completed questionnaires regarding their boot camp experiences. Their performance on knot-tying and suturing exercises was scored by three surgeons blinded to the questionnaire results. A comparison of these scores of interns with or without boot camp experiences was performed and statistical analysis applied.

RESULTS: 26 of 42 (62%) interns reported boot camp training. There were no differences in scores between interns with or without a M4 boot camp experience for suturing [9.6(4.6) vs 9.8(4.1), p < 0.908], knot-tying [9.1(3.6) vs 8.4(4.1), p = 0.574], overall performance [2.0(0.6) vs 1.9(0.7), p = 0.424], and quality [2.0(0.6) vs 1.9(0.7), p = 0.665]) (mean(SD)).

CONCLUSIONS: We could not demonstrate a statistically significant benefit in knot-tying and suturing skills of students who enrolled in M4 boot camp courses as measured at the start of surgical residency.

Author List

McMillan R, Redlich PN, Treat R, Goldblatt MI, Carver T, Dodgion CM, Peschman JR, Davis CS, Alizadegan S, Grushka J, Olson L, Krausert T, Lewis B, Malinowski MJ

Authors

Shahriar Alizadegan MD Assistant Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Thomas W. Carver MD Associate Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Christopher Stephen Davis MD, MPH Assistant Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Christopher M. Dodgion MD Associate Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Matthew I. Goldblatt MD Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Brian D. Lewis MD Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Michael Malinowski MD Associate Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Philip N. Redlich MD, PhD Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Robert W. Treat PhD Associate Professor in the Academic Affairs department at Medical College of Wisconsin




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