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Educación Médica

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MARTINEZ RAMOS, Carlos; SANZ LOPEZ, Rodrigo; CERDAN CARBONERO, M.T.  and  NUNEZ PENA, José Ramón. Opinion survey of the effect of major ambulatory surgery on the training of surgical residents. Educ. méd. [online]. 2004, vol.7, n.4, pp.44-50. ISSN 1575-1813.

Introduction: The progressive introduction in our country of Major Ambulatory Surgery (MAS) may affect the training of surgical residents. The type of operations that may now be performed at MAS Units (frequent medium and low risk operations) constitute to a large extent the basis of surgical training. The objectives of this study are to assess the opinions of the surgical residents of the likely effects of the advent of MAS on their surgical training, and to record any solutions that they may propose. Material and Methods: A survey of 17 questions (13 closed, 2 open and 1 mixed) was administered to 72 residents training in seven of the surgical specialties that participate at the MAS Unit at the Hospital San Carlos, Madrid. Results: The survey was completed by 36.1% of residents. All those that responded considered that: 1) familiarity with, and training in, this type of surgery is important . 2) the surgical techniques performed at the Hospital’s MAS Unit are fundamental for the surgical training of the resident. 3) Major Ambulatory Surgery should be included in the training of surgical residents. 80.8% consider that receiving MAS training will improve their employment prospects on finishing their residence period. Conclusions: Residents consider that their participation in the activity of MAS Units is important and that well-structured, well-coordinated programs are required. All parties involved should participate in the preparation of the programs, which should be adapted to the characteristics of each specialty.

Keywords : Major Ambulatory Surgery; Surgical training; Surgical resident.

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