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Twelve tips for postgraduate or undergraduate medics building a basic microsurgery simulation training course

Authors: Katrina A. Mason, Evgenia Theodorakopoulou, Georgios Pafitanis, Ali M. Ghanem, Simon R. Mayers
Medical Teacher 2016; 38(9):872-8

In this article authors provide a series of practical recommendations for setting up and run a basic ex-vivo microsurgery simulation training course:

  1. Attend other basic micro-surgery courses to gain experience from a student’s perspective
  2. Choose an appropriate course structure and length
  3. Choose an appropriate microsurgical simulation model
  4. Be realistic regarding course costs and course fees
  5. Consider audio-visual facilities and recording to enhance learning
  6. Tutors should have sufficient experience, and ideally be experts in the field, with a tutor:student ratio of 1:4
  7. Establish a partnership with a University or Hospital
  8. Assess student progression using objective global rating scales
  9. Engage senior micro-surgeons to teach on the course
  10. Seek Continuing Professional Development accreditation
  11. Use social media and surgical societies to promote and market your course
  12. Collect student and tutor feedback to ensure quality assurance for your course.

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* I have no financial interest to disclose (GP).

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