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August 1973

Self-Paced Individualized Instructional Packages for Education in Surgery

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, University of Nebraska College of Medicine, and the Surgical Service, Veterans Administration Hospital, Omaha.

Arch Surg. 1973;107(2):215-217. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350200083019

We have utilized the subject outline for part II of the National Board of Medical Examiners Examination listed under surgery to identify the areas our students should learn and our faculty should teach. We have identified the essential elements of surgery by subdividing the above areas into segments of these broad anatomic and general categories. We identified each essential element as knowledge or skill. We developed these into two categories of expected expertise. We believe that self-paced individualized instructional packages are a valuable addition to education in surgery.