Enhanced Surgical Skills Training


Original Presentation Date: 8/27/2020

Facilitator Lesson Plan

The Enhanced Surgical Skills Teaching Kit contains all you need to host your own team-based active-learning event featuring work by Dave Kermode, DO, and Joel Wells, DO, from Wayne County Hospital in Corydon, Iowa.

Rural physicians are required to adapt their scope of practice to the community they serve. As a family physician, this may involve certain surgical skills such as cesarean sections. This Grand Rounds will address options for training specific to your local community and steps on how to prepare for that eventuality. This session will provide a framework for tailoring your education and training as you prepare for practice in a rural community.

NOTES: This kit includes a discussion among physicians in the US and Canada who attended the original Grand Rounds session and could be used in addition to the main presentation. Having a family physician present for the in-session activity will enhance the learning experience for your group. We anticipate these learning materials to be relevant until 2025.

Learning Objectives

If you have questions about how to use or to adapt this teaching kit to your setting, contact us to schedule a phone call. We are happy to go over the details. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify surgical skills that lend themselves to the fellowship training model.

  2. Reflect on your own resources and needs to address your ability to do local training.

  3. Share your education and training experience/challenges with other programs.

David Kermode, DO
Wayne County Hospital, Corydon, IA

Joel Wells, DO
Wayne County Hospital, Corydon, IA


Before your session
  1. Recruit your teams. Ideally, 4 teams of 3-5 participants.
  2. Schedule a room that can accommodate all your participants and AV to play the presentation.
  3. Distribute the Pre-Session link
  4. Download the Presentation Slide Deck.
  5. Review the Slide Deck. Be sure to look at the presenter notes.
During your session
  1. Arrange your participants into teams within the room.
  2. Facilitate your session by following the prompts in the presenter notes of the Slide Deck.
  3. Facilitate general discussion with the full group. Go over any lingering thoughts.
  4. Evaluate the materials on your experience.
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