Training on synthetic ethylene-vinyl acetate bench model allows novice medical students to acquire suture skills

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PURPOSE: To assess the acquisition of suture skills by training on ethylene-vinyl acetate bench model in novice medical students. METHODS: Sixteen medical students without previous surgery experience (novices) were randomly divided into two groups. During one hour group A trained sutures on ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) bench model with feedback of instructors, while group B (control) received a faculty-directed training based on books and instructional videos. All students underwent a both pre-and post-tests to perform two-and three-dimensional sutures on ox tongue. All recorded performances were evaluated by two blinded evaluators, using the Global Rating Scale. RESULTS: Although both groups have had a better performance (p<0.05) in the post-test when compared with the pre-test, the analysis of post-test showed that group A (EVA) had a better performance (p<0.05) when compared with group B (control). CONCLUSION: The ethylene vinyl acetate bench model allowed the novice students to acquire suture skills faster when compared to the traditional model of teaching.



Education, Medical, Surgery, Sutures, Teaching, Teaching materials

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Acta Cirurgica Brasileira, v. 27, n. 3, p. 2012-2071, 2012.