Interacting with surgical team improves students' learning
Medical students can make their time spent in the operating room more valuable by adopting active learning strategies and earning a place in the team, a study published in Medical Education (2003;37:680-8) has found.
Patricia Lyon, who compiled the study at the University of Sydney, found that medical students who thought attending the operating room was educationally useful went to the operating room with their own learning objectives and the view that attending surgery was beneficial to their education. These students also coped better with the emotional impact of surgery and were able to negotiate an active part in the team by initiating interaction with other staff members, helping with patient preparation and asking questions.
However, many students found learning in the operating room challenging and intimidating owing to lack of preparation and the lack of a defined role on the surgical team. Although they are expected to observe surgical