Being an effective surgical educator

Jonathan D'Cunha, Constance C Schmitz, Michael A Maddaus

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Training in thoracic surgical residencies has evolved in the past several years, with significant advances in simulation technology, heightened pressure regarding work-hour reforms, and initiation of integrated training programs. This article highlights current concepts in surgical education and methods of incorporating teaching opportunities into practice. General strategies on how to be a better teacher and increase student feedback evaluation scores are addressed. Finally, the evolving roles and responsibilities of a mentor in assisting residents and colleagues in developing successful thoracic surgical careers are explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-368
Number of pages10
JournalThoracic Surgery Clinics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011


  • Education
  • Mentorship
  • Modern trainee
  • Residency
  • Thoracic surgery

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