Acad Med 2021 Aug 3. Epub 2021 Aug 3.
S. Scott is assistant professor and surgical skills coordinator, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Clinical Gynecologic Oncologist, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. N. Van Eyk is associate professor and clinical obstetrician and gynecologist, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. K. Eva is associate director, Centre for Health Education Scholarship, and professor and director of educational research and scholarship, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Purpose: To optimize learning, health professional training programs need to achieve the right balance between depth of practice (gaining more experience with particular skills) and breadth of practice (spreading experience across an array of activities). Better understanding how training for a particular skill set is impacted by periods of focus on a different skill set would allow improved curriculum and assessment design, thereby enhancing the efficiency of training and effectiveness of care. To this end, learning curves were used to compare performance in surgery after prolonged periods of practice to performance after gaps in surgical training. Read More