Dream Team - A pregraduate surgical talent development project

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Dream Team is an extracurricular pregraduate surgical talent development project founded in 2009 at Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark. It aims to identify and develop laparoscopic surgical talents during medical school. Dream Team contains two parts: 1) a weeklong boot camp where app. 10 % of 8th semester students acquire basic surgical skils and laparoscopic techniques. The boot camp is completed with an individual test. 2) Identification and selection of the eight best medical students from the boot camp, who will enter a four month mentorship program at a surgical department. During the mentorship the students will be in operation room at least once a week and participate as much as their skills allow.
Dream Team differs from similar pregraduate programs as it selects the most talented students, but does the boot camp select the best and does the mentorship program provide optimal learning? A PhD project aims to critically analyze and develop Dream Team. The PhD project is based on theories about deliberate practice[1] and social learning[2]. In addition, we compare surgical talent development[3][4] with talent development in elite sport in order to inspire, refine and develop Dream Team. This presentation will present preliminary results from the PhD project.
[1] Ericsson, Anders. The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance. Cambridge University Press. 2006
[2] Wenger, Etienne. Communities of practice. Learning, meaning, and identity. Cambridge University Press. 1998
[3] Thomas, W.E.G. The making of a surgeon. Surgery 26:10, 400-402. 2008
[4] Fysh T. Are great surgeons born? Journal of surgical education 69[2], 267-271. 2012
Udgivelsesår17 maj 2015
StatusUdgivet - 17 maj 2015
BegivenhedInternational Clinical Skills Conference - Monash University, Prato, Italien
Varighed: 17 maj 201520 maj 2015


KonferenceInternational Clinical Skills Conference
LokationMonash University

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