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.

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