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>Journals >Cirugía y Cirujanos >Year 2011, Issue 1

Maniscalco-Theberge ME
Surgical mentoring: a critical skill
Cir Cir 2011; 79 (1)

Language: Español
References: 5
Page: 40-43
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Surgeons routinely share medical knowledge, surgical techniques, and medical judgment with junior colleagues in their everyday practice. Most information is transferred by chance encounters, i.e., a patient in the clinic or a patient in the operating room. An understanding of principles of adult learning can aid a senior surgeons’ ability to convey this information. Formalizing this transfer of knowledge through a mentoring program allows wisdom and skills to be passed on in a manner that accelerates the lessons for the recipient. In addition, a formal program allows the inclusion of a diverse group of protégés and not just the chosen “golden few.”

Key words: Mentoring, adult learning, student.


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  5. Peiper S. The mentoring cycle; a six-phase process for success. Healthcare Executive 2004;16-24.

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