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Wound Care Education in Medical Schools

Postby patoco » Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:20 am

American medical students are inadequately trained in wound care

Ann Plast Surg. 2007 Jul;

Patel NP, Granick MS.
From the Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ.

Millions of patients are treated annually in the United States with either acute or chronic wounds, costing billions of dollars. This is a retrospective study designed to quantify the directed education that medical students receive in their 4 years of training on 3 wound-related topics: physiology of tissue injury, physiology of wound healing, and clinical wound healing.

The mean hours of education in physiology of tissue injury at 50 American medical schools are 0.5 hours and 0.2 hours, respectively, in the first year and second years and none in the third and fourth years. The mean hours of directed education in the physiology of wound healing are 2.1 hours and 1.9 hours in the first and second years. The data in our study show there is scant directed education in relevant wound topics in American medical schools.

Considering the immense economic and social impact of wounds in our society, more attention should be paid to the education of our physician trainees on this important topic.

http://www.annalsplasticsurgery.com/pt/ ... 28!8091!-1


Wound healing university diplomas in France: an impact measurement after 6 years.

Int Wound J. 2005 Jun

Meaume S, Téot L, Dereure O.
Hôpital Charles Foix, Assistance Publique des Hôpitaux de Paris, Ivry sur Seine, Paris, France. sylvie.meaume@cfx.ap-hop-paris.fr

An educational programme in wound healing was developed in France in 1998. The course lasts for 1 year and consists of 100 hours of interactive education including wound-healing principles, management of pressure ulcers, leg ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, burns and trauma. The programme mixes theoretical and practical issues and results in the award of a diploma that identifies students as having a level of expertise in wound healing.

A large component of each student's evaluation is based on a thesis that has been developed by the student during the year. After 6 years of continual development and modification, this educational approach was analysed to evaluate its impact on wound healing in France. More than 500 individuals have been trained by this educational programme, including nurses, physicians, pharmacists, physiotherapists and employees of commercial concerns.

In order to evaluate the impact of such a training programme on changing practice in France, a questionnaire was developed and a telephone survey carried out. The results of this survey are reported here and they show that education and training provided undertaking a university diploma has played an important role in the development of wound healing and the subsequent change in practice in France.

http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/ab ... 05.00100.x


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