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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 216-219

Teaching impact in pediatric minimal access surgery: Personal perspective from "Fellow"

Alberta Children's Hospital, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Correspondence Address:
Dragan Kravarusic
Alberta Children's Hospital, 1820 Richmond Road, SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2T
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PMID: 21234149

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The global objective of this paper is to review from the "Fellow" perspective, the current status of pediatric minimal access surgery (MAS) in terms of teaching feasibility, safety and impact on standard practice paradigms. In the pediatric general surgery field, surgeons are dealing with a wide range of pathology that includes thoracic, abdominal, urological and gynecological procedures. The learning curve is slow because of a relatively small volume of patients. However, gradually but steadily, a significant proportion of the procedures traditionally performed, with major open exposures at present, are preferentially performed by minimal access. Currently, minimal access surgery training is incorporated into adult general surgery residency/fellowship programs and teaching techniques of pediatric MAS are available only as seldom international workshops. Pediatric surgery fellowship programs with incorporated guidelines for MAS training are just recently feasible in select centers, mostly as "self" established programs. In many other pediatric surgery centers, teaching the "glamour" of MAS is quite dependent on a program director's vision. Integration of MAS training into the secondary residency/fellowship curriculum of pediatric surgeons is the inevitable goal. MAS- minded education and research through adequate training will pay dividends and "manufacture" competent, contemporary trainees. National Pediatric Surgery Associations should be responsible for setting criteria that consider the MAS for accreditation with maintaining the international standards of these teaching programs.


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