Background: This study sought to determine if developing suturing workshops based on modern educational theory would lead to a significant increase in third-year medical students’ confidence and preparedness as compared to before the workshop.
Methods: A group of pre-clinical, third-year medical students (n = 20) were voluntarily recruited. The workshop consisted of an interactive didactic session, a hands-on suturing session, and a question-answer session with surgeons. The nine-point Likert scale surveys were given pre-and post-workshop to 17 participants. Total scores of “confidence” and “preparedness” were analyzed using the Student t-test. Results of Q-Q plot and normality tests were used to validate the normality assumption. All analysis was conducted using SAS Software 9.4 (Cary, North Carolina).
Results: A statistically significant increase in both confidence and preparedness was found between results of pre- and post-workshop surveys. Average total scores in confidence increased by 19.7 points, from 19.3 to 39 (95% CI: 15.0-24.4; P value < 0.001). For scores in preparedness, the total score increased by an average of 18.4 points, from 22.8 to 41.2 (95% CI: 14.1-22.8; P value < 0.001).
Conclusions: These findings suggest that a structured course based on modern educational theory can increase both the confidence and preparedness of third-year medical students who are matriculating into their hospitalbased clerkships.
Logue, Mary E.; Ryan D. Lurtsema; Yuridia Leyva; Tyler J. Hough; Kelly M. Harrington; and Deana M. Mercer. "Suturing Workshop for Third-Year Medical Students: A Modern Educational Approach." UNM Orthopaedic Research Journal 6, 1 (2017). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/unm_jor/vol6/iss1/27