Applying Education Theory to Vascular Training

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Citing a revolution in the way surgeons learn their craft, Dr. Erica L. Mitchell and Dr. Sonal Arora present an analysis of vascular training to identify key learning points and needs as residents move from novice to expert. Their report is in the August issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery.

A shift toward competency-based training programs is now reflecting a growing emphasis on outcomes-based medical education, according to Dr. Mitchell and Dr. Arora. They discuss how pedagogy and adult learning tools can be applied to vascular training and the development of technical expertise (J Vasc Surg 2012;56:530-7).

“Surgical educators should use training and assessment methods soundly based in educational principles to develop and deliver curricula that will allow trainees to acquire the skills befitting the modern vascular surgeon,” they concluded.

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