Undergraduate Surgical Education

Our relationship with the Undergraduate Medical Education for Surgery is strong and robust. Dr. Geoff Blair, Director of Undergraduate Surgical Education and Dr. Mark Meloche, Director of General Surgery Clerkship, both sit on our RPC, and provide feedback from a medical student's perspective. Our residents and Program Director attend and host events for the UBC Surgical Club. General Surgery residents are an integral part of the undergraduate surgical education process by providing academic day talks and clinical teaching. Feedback from medical students makes an integral part of the assessment of our residents and their teaching abilities. The UBC Undergraduate Surgical Education Program with Dr. Blair as its Director and the General Surgery training program and its Directors maintain very strong communication and collaborative links.

The following are examples:

  • As part of career counselling for undergraduate students, Drs Scott and Karimuddin make themselves eminently available to meet with students who demonstrate and interest in General Surgery. Dr. Blair usually gets first wind of these students and helps set up meetings with the co-Directors of the GS program.
  • Dr. Blair, along with the UBC Evaluation Studies Unit monitors the students' evaluations of their General Surgery rotations (each students gets 4 weeks of General Surgery in their 3rd year) and their has been a steady improvement of the grade of our students' evaluation ratings. In short, most students are reporting their experience in General Surgery as good and educational in the many sites where it is offered. Dr. Blair has noticed what appears to be an increase in the number of students who remark to him how, despite their initial apprehensions about 3rd year Surgery rotations, their General Surgery rotation has now got them thinking about General Surgery as a career choice.
  • Within the Undergraduate Surgical Education program there has been a marked increase in the use of simulation-based teaching methods for small groups. The residents and the GS program have been reliable and much appreciated participants in that ongoing teaching mandate. The undergraduate program has been struck with how such 'near-peer' teaching seems especially effective.
  • The undergraduate Surgical Club has always enjoyed the enthusiastic participation of the General Surgery residents in their evening sessions.
  • The Undergraduate Surgical Education program Director regularly travels to the many surgical teaching centres in BC to review the teaching programs. General Surgical residents ( when they are rotating at those sites) and General Surgeons in those communities are enthusiastic and skilled teachers and Dr. Blair consults with them on a regular basis.
  • Dr. Mark Meloche is a member of the UBC Surgical Undergraduate Education Committee which meets quarterly and acts as an effective link with the General Surgery Division and its training program.
  • Dr. Blair has effectively consulted with Drs Scott, Karimuddin, Meloche and many others within the UBC Division of General Surgery on issues relating to the continuously edited 4 year undergraduate curriculum. The definitions of learning objectives, the formulation of introductory elements for junior students and the preparation of our 4th year students for their post-graduate years all have been materially aided by their expert consultation and participation.
  • General Surgery residents are vital teachers of our undergraduate students, and the Undergraduate Surgical Education program especially through the Surgical Foundations program helps to train and enhance each resident's teaching skills.
  • If and when problems arise in the Undergraduate Surgical Education program these are promptly brought to the attention of the GS Division Head, the Directors of the GS training program and the RPC as appropriate. The history of such collaborative problem-solving has been one of success.