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Ann Surg Treat Res. 2015 Apr;88(4):181-186. English. Original Article. https://doi.org/10.4174/astr.2015.88.4.181
Roh H , Kim KS , Kim KH , Choi IS , Lee KE , Kim HY , Yi NJ , Kim SW , Kim MG .
Department of Medical Education, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea.
Department of Surgery, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea.
Department of Surgery, The Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Surgery, Konyang University College of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea.
Department of Surgery, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. sunkim@snu.ac.kr
Department of Surgery, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Abstract

PURPOSE: Despite recommendations for introducing student internships (SI) in undergraduate medical education in Korea, the feasibility of surgical SIs has not been demonstrated in the Korean context. We thus identified tasks that could be performed by surgical student interns in a Korean education hospital. METHODS: The opinions of surgery clerkship directors of medical schools nationwide, regarding the tasks, symptoms and signs, disease entities, and procedures that student interns could perform in their hospitals, were subjected to descriptive analysis. RESULTS: Out of the 41 medical schools in Korea, 32 responded. Five implemented an optimal-quality SI program. Two schools considered third-year clerkship as SI. The respondents replied that student interns could be involved in basic nonspecific tasks such as history taking, physical examination, medial recording, reporting patients' status, and assisting during surgery. However, more surgery-specific tasks such as perioperative management or caring for a patient with acute abdominal pain were considered difficult for student interns to encounter in the Korean context. CONCLUSION: Surgical educators should determine a specific role for student interns and encourage them to perform surgery-specific tasks. We recommend societal and system support, and curriculum renovation to establish an SI program in Korea.

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