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Anatomy is a key to mastery in cancer and general surgery - results of a survey on anatomical knowledge among surgeons

Katarzyna A. Kowalczyk123, Adrianna Majewski4, Wojciech Wysocki125, Krzysztof Tomaszewski236
DOI: 10.5603/NJO.a2022.0033
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  1. Department of General, Oncological and Vascular Surgery, 5th Military Clinical Hospital in Kracow, Krakow, Poland
  2. Chair of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University, Krakow, Poland
  3. Department of Anatomy, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Krakow, Poland
  4. Jagiellonian University Medical College, Krakow, Poland
  5. Maria Sklodowska-Curie National Research Institute of Oncology, Scientific Editorial Office, Warsaw, Poland
  6. Scanmed St. Raphael Hospital, Krakow, Poland

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Cancer and general surgery is a medical field in which anatomical knowledge is crucial. The anatomy taught to medical students is based on a standardized model of the body, with no regard paid to anatomical variations which can result in serious difficulties and disorientation during surgical procedures. Our goal was to assess anatomical knowledge, including anatomical variations, among surgeons. The questionnaire was administered among a group of 90 surgeons (general [69.7%] and oncological [20.2%]); The mean number of years in practice in respective field was 12.9 ± 9.3. All participants were unanimous in declaring that anatomical knowledge was required in everyday surgical practice. The responses were also consistent in describing the role of knowledge of anatomical variations, declaring it “very important” and “important” in avoiding complications (76.4%). The majority of surgeons rated their anatomical aptitude as “good” (57.3%) or “very good” (13.5%).

Abstract

Cancer and general surgery is a medical field in which anatomical knowledge is crucial. The anatomy taught to medical students is based on a standardized model of the body, with no regard paid to anatomical variations which can result in serious difficulties and disorientation during surgical procedures. Our goal was to assess anatomical knowledge, including anatomical variations, among surgeons. The questionnaire was administered among a group of 90 surgeons (general [69.7%] and oncological [20.2%]); The mean number of years in practice in respective field was 12.9 ± 9.3. All participants were unanimous in declaring that anatomical knowledge was required in everyday surgical practice. The responses were also consistent in describing the role of knowledge of anatomical variations, declaring it “very important” and “important” in avoiding complications (76.4%). The majority of surgeons rated their anatomical aptitude as “good” (57.3%) or “very good” (13.5%).

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anatomy; professional education; surgery; anatomic variation; medical errors

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Anatomy is a key to mastery in cancer and general surgery - results of a survey on anatomical knowledge among surgeons

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Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology

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Ahead of print

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Research paper (original)

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2022-05-25

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DOI

10.5603/NJO.a2022.0033

Keywords

anatomy
professional education
surgery
anatomic variation
medical errors

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Katarzyna A. Kowalczyk
Adrianna Majewski
Wojciech Wysocki
Krzysztof Tomaszewski

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