Diego L Lima, MD1, Gustavo H Belarmino de Goes2, Gustavo L Carvalho, MD, phD2. 1State Servers Hospital, 2University of Pernambuco
Introduction: Despite the huge importance of laparoscopy, medical students have a brief contact with this surgical specialty during medical school in Brazil. Usually, they get in touch with this specialty during the surgery clerkship in the last years of medical school. Therefore, few students perform clinical research or develop interest for this area during graduation.
Objective: to awaken the interest in laparoscopy of medical students early in medical school, improving the development of clinical research projects, and to prepare new generations of minimally invasive surgeons.
Discussion: The Academic league of videolaparoscopy was created in 2010 under the guidance of Dr. Gustavo Carvalho from the University of Pernambuco, Brazil. An Academic league is a group of medical students who are guided by a tutor to develop three areas: research, teaching, and clinical practice. Every year new students join the league after being selected with a multiple question test and an analysis of the curriculum vitae. The students are stimulated to participate in laparoscopic procedures as observers, learning about the techniques and instruments. Moreover, there are minimally invasive surgery lectures and courses during the year. General surgery residents can also be part of the program as tutors. They are encouraged to present lectures, and to assist with research projects. 50 medical students participated of this program in 7 years. 50% pursued a surgical specialty after graduation. 30% did minimally invasive surgery as a fellowship.
Conclusions: the students who participate in several activities provided by the league have an increased interest in pursuing the path to become a laparoscopic surgeon.
Presented at the SAGES 2017 Annual Meeting in Houston, TX.
Abstract ID: 86576
Program Number: P335
Presentation Session: iPoster Session (Non CME)
Presentation Type: Poster