40-4-40: educational and economic outcomes of a free, international surgical training event

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Title: 40-4-40: educational and economic outcomes of a free, international surgical training event
Author(s): Glasbey, J
Sinclair, P
Mohan, H
Harries, R
ASiT 40-4-40 Course Organisers
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Purpose of study To demonstrate a model for delivery of an international surgical training event, and demonstrate its educational and economic outcomes. Study design The Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT) ran a course series on 16 January 2016 across the UK and Ireland. A mandatory, self-reported, online questionnaire collected delegate feedback, using 5-point Likert Scales, and a NetPromoter feedback tool. Precourse and postcourse matched questionnaires were collected for ‘Foundation Skills in Surgery’ (FSS) courses. Paired economic analysis was performed. Statistical analysis was carried out using RStudio (V.3.1.1 Boston, Massachusetts, USA). Results Forty courses were held across the UK and Ireland (65.0% technical, 35.0% non-technical), with 184 faculty members. Of 570 delegates, 529 fully completed the feedback survey (92.8% response rate); 56.5% were male. The median age was 26 years (range: 18–67 years). The mean overall course NetPromoter Score was 8.7 out of 10. On logistic regression high NetPromoter Score was associated with completing a Foundation Skills in Surgery course (R=0.44, OR: 1.49, p=0.025) and having clear learning outcomes (R=0.72, OR: 2.04, p=0.029) but not associated with specialty, course style or teaching style. For Foundation Skills in Surgery courses, delegates reported increased commitment to a career in surgery (p<0.001), confidence with basic surgical skills (p<0.001) and confidence with assisting in theatre (p<0.001). A comparable cost saving of £231,462.37 was calculated across the 40 courses. Conclusion The ASiT ‘40-4-40’ event demonstrated the diversity and depth of surgical training, with 40 synchronous technical and non-technical courses, demonstrable educational benefit and a significant cost saving to surgical trainees.
Publication Date: 24-Nov-2017
Date of Acceptance: 8-May-2017
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/48701
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1136/postgradmedj-2017-134874
ISSN: 0032-5473
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
Start Page: 730
End Page: 735
Journal / Book Title: Postgraduate Medical Journal
Volume: 93
Copyright Statement: © Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted.
Keywords: 11 Medical And Health Sciences
General & Internal Medicine
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:Division of Surgery
Faculty of Medicine

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