Time for a radical rethink on surgical training?

Medical trainees pick up better skills when surgery is taught as a 'hobby', shows study

The pressure-cooker atmosphere of a surgical training program may not be the best place to acquire new skills, with a study showing students mastered suturing and cutting techniques far more quickly in a stress-free environment.

First-year medical students who were taught surgical skills as “a hobby” picked up the techniques better than surgical trainees being assessed under a more typical surgical setting, US researchers say.