In the face of an increasingly aging population, the future shortage of surgeons is cause for concern. Surgical education and preparing medical students on their way to becoming responsible and independent future doctors must be critically evaluated and improved to provide a seamless healthcare system.
According to new research, the world will face a shortage of surgeons in the future. Therefore, it is imperative that surgical education is critically evaluated and optimised. Acquiring practical skills and gaining experience with direct patient contact is crucial in preparing medical students on their way of becoming responsible and independent future doctors.
For their research paper published in the journal Innovative Surgical Sciences, the researchers performed a comparative retrospective analysis of student performance in Oral, Cranio-, Maxillofacial, and Facial Plastic Surgery (CMF) for specific practical examinations from 2008 to 2015.
The sample was composed of 1010 medical students and 225 dental students that had completed standardized CMF training prior to assessment.
Dental students excelled their peers
In all of the analyzed practical skills, dental students significantly outperformed medical students. The dental students in particular, appeared to be better in the correct interpretation of radiological findings and the correct allocation of anatomical structures as well as the symptom-orientated examination of the eye.
The study showed overall dental students seem to perform better in typical CMF skills. Reasons for this performance gap could be a more profound knowledge of the facial anatomy as well as a higher awareness for CMF as a related specialty to dentistry.
Attracting students to CMF
In conclusion, CMF should be included in medical curricula on a larger scale and potential career paths should be highlighted to medical and dental students to attract them to an exciting field of work with many opportunities.
Further studies, the researchers concluded, should focus on the implementation of modern teaching methods in CMF education.
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