How, when, and from whom neck dissection operative technique is learned: An international survey on neck dissection education among head and neck oncologic surgeons

Shirin Hemmat, Steven J. Wang, William R. Ryan

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Abstract

Background There is a paucity of evidence on how neck dissection (ND) technique is best learned. Methods Online survey of the American Head and Neck Society (AHNS). Results 283 of the 1010 (28%) AHNS surgeon members completed the survey. Most respondents had 3–4 mentors [n = 157 (55.5%)] that they felt were most influential their ND technique. 134 (47.3% of surgeons who completed a fellowship) felt that fellowship training had the most impact on their ND technique. Most respondents ranked the most effective methods of learning ND operative technique in the following order: 1) physically performing the operation yourself (70.1%), 2) observing the attending perform maneuvers independent of verbal teaching (37.7%) and 3) verbal teaching by an attending in the operating room independent of actual maneuvers (36.3%). Conclusion When learning an ND, the most benefit comes from empirical learning in the context a small group of surgeon mentors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-435
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery
Volume37
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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