The relationship between confidence and competence in the development of surgical skills.

Title

The relationship between confidence and competence in the development of surgical skills.

Creator

Clanton Jesse; Gardner Aimee; Cheung Maureen; Mellert Logan; Evancho-Chapman Michelle; George Richard L

Publisher

Journal of surgical education

Date

2014
2014-06

Description

BACKGROUND: Confidence is a crucial trait of any physician, but its development and relationship to proficiency are still unknown. This study aimed to evaluate the relationship between confidence and competency of medical students undergoing basic surgical skills training. METHODS: Medical students completed confidence surveys before and after participating in an introductory workshop across 2 samples. Performance was assessed via video recordings and compared with pretraining and posttraining confidence levels. RESULTS: Overall, 150 students completed the workshop over 2 years and were evaluated for competency. Most students (88%) reported improved confidence after training. Younger medical students exhibited lower pretraining confidence scores but were just as likely to achieve competence after training. There was no association between pretraining confidence and competence, but confidence was associated with demonstrated competence after training (p \textless 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: Most students reported improved confidence after a surgical skills workshop. Confidence was associated with competency only after training. Future training should investigate this relationship on nonnovice samples and identify training methods that can capitalize on these findings.

Subject

*Clinical Competence; *Education; *Self Efficacy; Adult; competence; confidence; Data Collection; Education; General Surgery/*education; Humans; Medical; medical students; Medical/*psychology; Patient Care; Practice-Based Learning and Improvement; Students; surgical education; surgical skills; Systems-Based Practice; Undergraduate; Video Recording

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

405–412

Issue

3

Volume

71

Citation

Clanton Jesse; Gardner Aimee; Cheung Maureen; Mellert Logan; Evancho-Chapman Michelle; George Richard L, “The relationship between confidence and competence in the development of surgical skills.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed June 13, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/3687.

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