Teaching surgery to medical students

W. Brian Sweeney*

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Teaching the discipline of surgery to medical students depends on the practicing clinical surgeon assuming the role of educator. The amount of surgical knowledge to impart and technical skill to train are ever increasing as the duration of time students spend on surgical rotations is decreasing. The intent of this article is to assist those surgeons with minimal formal training in educational methods to enhance their teaching skills. Traditional large-group lecture, small-group sessions, and mentoring are reviewed with special emphasis on medical simulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-133
Number of pages7
JournalClinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • medical simulation
  • medical student education
  • surgeon educators


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