Laparoscopic or open surgery: the educational benefit to medical students

Georgina Riddiough, Philip Stather, Helen Cheshire

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Recent advances in surgery have enabled traditional open procedures to be performed laparoscopically. We carried out a survey in order to determine the impact of this on learning opportunities for students attending theatre.

We designed a nine point survey, completed by fifty medical students from Leicester Medical School on completion of their surgical attachment at a busy district general hospital.

Undergraduates feel open procedures are superior over laparoscopic cases when asked specifically about anatomical knowledge gained, teaching delivered and the ability to follow surgical procedures.

We conclude that to continue to attract medical students into a surgical career undergraduate teaching ought to reflect current clinical practice. Novel educational techniques which utilize laparoscopy can be an excellent adjunct to traditional teaching methods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-85
JournalMedical Science Educator
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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