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Clinical observership program

Krishnakumar Thankappan, Subramania Iyer
Robotic surgery has been successfully used for many surgical indications in head and neck surgery. Robotic thyroidectomy is getting accepted worldwide, but the majority of the literature is from South Korea. The purpose of the paper is to review and give a personal perspective on how a robotic thyroidectomy program was initiated in a tertiary care academic medical institution in India. Advantages of robotic approaches are the three-dimensional visualization, precision, dexterity, and surgeon ergonomics. Cost is an important concern...
June 2018: Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology
A Price, M Lawrence, S Das, L Rankine
PURPOSE: To derive and implement physician driven metrics for dose volume histogram (DVH)-based patient specific quality assurance (QA) for prostate radiation therapy based on clinically relevant deviations. METHODS: An observership study presented 3 radiation oncology physicians from our institution with a series of artificial DVH-based IMRT QA results, each generated by introducing iteratively larger perturbations from a planned DVH (from our pool of 20 real patient plans) to portions of the bladder, rectum, and planning target volume (PTV) DVHs...
June 2016: Medical Physics
Eric D Fornari, Sanjeev Sabharwal, Richard M Schwend
BACKGROUND: The Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America (POSNA)-Children's Orthopedics in Underserved Regions (COUR) International Scholar Program was initiated in 2007 to provide educational opportunities for emerging leaders who treat children with orthopaedic conditions in resource-challenged environments worldwide. Financial support is available each year for 4 to 6 orthopaedic surgeons to attend either the POSNA Annual Meeting or the International Pediatric Orthopedic Symposium...
December 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Jeffrey A Zuccato, Abhaya V Kulkarni
BACKGROUND: Medical student interest in neurosurgery is decreasing and resident attrition is trending upwards in favor of more lifestyle-friendly specialties that receive greater exposure during medical school. The University of Toronto began offering an annual two week comprehensive, focused surgical experience (Surgical Exploration and Discovery (SEAD) program) to 20 first year medical students increasing exposure to surgical careers. This study determines how SEAD affects students' views of a career in neurosurgery...
May 2016: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
Brittany Greene, Linden Head, Nada Gawad, Stanley J Hamstra, Laurie McLean
BACKGROUND: There is significant variability in undergraduate Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (OTOHNS) curricula across Canadian medical schools. As part of an extracurricular program delivered jointly with other surgical specialties, the Surgical Exploration and Discovery (SEAD) program presents an opportunity for medical students to experience OTOHNS. The purpose of this study is to review the participation and outcome of OTOHNS in the SEAD program. METHODS: The SEAD program is a two-week, 80-hour, structured curriculum that exposes first-year medical students to nine surgical specialties across three domains: (1) operating room observerships, (2) career discussions with surgeons, and (3) simulation workshops...
February 3, 2015: Journal of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Chien-Huei Kao, Meei-Ling Gau
Midwifery is a practical facet of the health sciences that emphasizes professional competence-oriented teaching and learning. Cognitive and practical processes integrate and build midwifery student professional knowledge, attitudes, and skills. Clinical education is a teaching method and strategy used to prepare midwifery students for professional practice. Midwifery clinical teaching plans are designed using literature review, expert opinions, and student comments and determine total required hours and caseloads...
June 2013: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
Samuel DeMaria, Stefan T Samuelson, Andrew D Schwartz, Alan J Sim, Adam I Levine
BACKGROUND: Established models for assessment and maintenance of competency in anesthesiology may not be adequate for anesthesiologists wishing to reenter practice. The authors describe a program developed in their institution incorporating simulator-based education, to help determine competency in licensed and previously licensed anesthesiologists before return to practice. METHODS: The authors have used simulation for assessment and retraining at their institution since 2002...
July 2013: Anesthesiology
Linda Lee, W Wayne Weston, Loretta M Hillier
INTRODUCTION: Primary care is challenged to meet the needs of patients with dementia. A training program was developed to increase capacity for dementia care through the development of Family Health Team (FHT)-based interprofessional memory clinics. The interprofessional training program consisted of a 2-day workshop, 1-day observership, and 2-day mentorship program. METHODS: An online survey was completed by participants prior to the training workshop and a similar survey at least 6 months following completion of the program to measure perceived changes related to knowledge, ability, and confidence to assess and manage memory problems, and comfort in speaking to patients and caregivers about concerns regarding dementia...
2013: Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions
Xiequn Xu, Zhong Wang, Hui Pan, Ping Yang, Jianchun Yu
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate whether the early introduction of observership in general surgery outpatient clinic for preclinical students could increase their interest in general surgery and ease their concerns, and to assess its potential effect on their careers in general surgery. STUDY DESIGN: A structured observership program was conducted at the Peking Union Medical College. A total of 83 preclinical students were observed in the general surgery outpatient clinic...
September 2012: Journal of Surgical Education
Derek Chew, Denise Jaworsky, Julie Thorne, Meghan Ho, Nisha Andany, Carly Morin, Nikki Hoffman, Christe Henshaw, Sean B Rourke, Mark Fisher, Anita Rachlis
BACKGROUND: The literature indicates that medical students require more comprehensive HIV training. AIM: Medical students at the University of Toronto developed and implemented the preclerkship HIV elective (PHE) with the aim to increase trainee HIV knowledge, address important issues in HIV care, and prepare students to serve affected populations. METHODS: Developed in partnership with the Ontario HIV Treatment Network and in consultation with local AIDS service organizations and the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, the PHE was inaugurated in November 2008 as an elective supplement to medical curriculum content...
2012: Medical Teacher
Linda Lee, M Janet Kasperski, W Wayne Weston
PROBLEM BEING ADDRESSED: Currently, dementia care provided by family physicians is suboptimal and access to specialist resources is limited. With the aging population, there is a need for system-wide, programmatic interventions to improve the diagnosis and management of patients with memory difficulties. The development of primary care memory clinics addresses this need. OBJECTIVE: The Memory Clinic Training Program aims to develop highly functioning interprofessional memory clinics that assist family physicians in providing improved care for patients with dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment...
July 2011: Canadian Family Physician M├ędecin de Famille Canadien
Oyedele A Adeyi
CONTEXT: Histopathology, like other branches of medicine in West Africa, has suffered largely from economic, political, social, and infrastructural problems, becoming a shadow of the top quality that had been obtained in the past. To address the prevailing problems, one needs to attempt defining them. OBJECTIVE: The existing structure of training and practice are discussed, highlighting the author's perception of the problems and suggesting practical ways to address these while identifying potential roles for North American pathology organizations...
February 2011: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Frank J Kroboth, W Dennis Zerega, Rita M Patel, Barbara E Barnes, Marshall W Webster
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has seen continuous growth in the number and types of graduate training programs not accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Board of Medical Specialties, or the American Osteopathic Association. For the purposes of ensuring best educational products and of controlling unrecognized competition with our accredited programs, a sequential process of centralized oversight of these nonstandard programs was undertaken...
February 2011: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
Rick Penciner
OBJECTIVE: Medical students are expected to make residency and career decisions early in their undergraduate medical education. In medical school curricula, there is limited exposure to emergency medicine (EM) in the preclerkship years. The purpose of this study was to evaluate a structured EM observership program for preclerks by surveying the students' perceptions and attitudes about the program following their participation. METHODS: A structured observership program was developed and implemented at the University of Toronto Medical School in February 2007...
May 2009: CJEM
D E Weissman
Palliative medicine is an emerging worldwide discipline. This article describes efforts at the Medical College of Wisconsin to develop programs to enhance palliative care education and clinical care. New courses, seminars, and clinical programs have been developed with assistance from various medical school departments and affiliated hospitals. Education and clinical care activities since 1990 have included a new 6-week course for 2nd-year medical students; a hospice volunteer experience for preclinical students; clinical electives for 3rd- and 4th-year medical students; a clinical palliative care consultation service; a palliative care seminar series designed for housestaff; a nurse preceptorship program; and an allied health observership program...
1995: Wisconsin Medical Journal
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