Assessing the effect of a hands-on oncoplastic surgery training course: A survey of Canadian surgeons

Fernando A Angarita, Megan E Leroux, Vanessa N Palter, Jeannie Richardson, Angel Arnaout, Renee M Hanrahan, Marianna Kapala, Muriel Brackstone, Fahima Osman

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The adoption of oncoplastic surgery in North America is poor despite evidence supporting the benefits. Surgeons take courses to acquire oncoplastic techniques, however, the effect of these courses is unknown. This study aimed to assess the impact of a hands-on oncoplastic course on surgeons' comfort with oncoplastic techniques and rate of adoption of these techniques in their practice.

An online 10-question survey was developed and distributed to surgeons who had participated in a hands-on oncoplastic course offered in Ontario, Canada. Categorical data were reported using frequencies and percentages.

A hands-on oncoplastic course helps surgeons adopt oncoplastic surgery techniques into their clinical practice. This teaching model allows surgeons to become comfortable with a variety of techniques. This study supports the relevance of a hands-on oncoplastic course to enhance the availability of safe oncoplastic surgery for breast cancer patients.

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