Surgical teaching and learning

Enseñanza y aprendizaje de la cirugía
Juan Domingo Porras-Hernándeza

a Jefatura de la División de Cirugía, Hospital para el Niño Poblano, Puebla, Puebla, México

Recibido el 18 de febrero de 2016; aceptado el 27 de mayo de 2016

Palabras Clave

Educación quirúrgica, Destrezas quirúrgicas, Aprendizaje experiencial, Evaluación, Aprendizaje a lo largo de la vida.

Keywords

Surgical education, Surgical skills, Experiential learning, Assessment, Life-long learning.

Summary

Surgery is an action-oriented medical specialty. It is a fundamental part of any health system. Good surgical practice may positively and significantly have an impact on the performance of a health system. Training excellent surgeons requires explicit and outcome-predictable educational processes. Contemporary frameworks and content of surgical education are presented, with a review of their impact on the training of the general physician. Mentoring and the role of life-long surgical skills assessment are also discussed. It is concluded that better surgical training processes may improve the health of our society.