A Simple Training Method to Practice Cleft Lip and Palate Markings for Trainee Surgeons
Padmanabhan R, Rahman S, Fallico N. A Simple Training Method to Practice Cleft Lip and Palate Markings for Trainee Surgeons. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. January 2021.
Cleft centers in the United Kingdom aim to provide training to their trainees through a variety of teaching methods. Given the nature of this subspecialty and limited hands on experience, trainee surgeons can complete their respective rotations with differing levels of exposure, and ultimately, understanding compared to their peers. Knowledge and understanding of anatomical landmarks and the geometrical aspects of cleft repair is essential. Not only for those hoping to specialize in cleft surgery but incumbent upon trainees undertaking the FRCS Plast examination in the United Kingdom. Therefore, cleft surgeons and trainers most commonly try to achieve this through real-time intraoperative practice of lip and palate markings on patients. While there is no doubt that this is beneficial to cleft fellows, plastic surgery, or max fax trainees that are offered these opportunities, this is not widely available to all trainee surgeons. Adequate exposure to cleft pathologies and opportunities to practice ought to be available to all surgical trainees taking the FRCS examination, and thus solely relying on intraoperative exposure may have some pitfalls.
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