UK Surgery Students Losing Dexterity to Stitch and Sew Up Patients

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BBC News just published a shocking piece of news, the Typical Student team can’t help but share with the readers. According to Roger Kneebone, a professor of surgery at Imperial College, London, students “have spent so much time in front of screens and so little time using their hands that they have lost the dexterity for stitching or sewing up patients.” Would you like going under the knife of such surgeon?

 

How Can Medical Students Improve Their Craftsmanship?

 

uk-surgery-students-losing-dexterity-to-stitch-patients-02Source: news.stanford.edu

 

In his interview to BBC News, Prof Kneebone emphasized this is "an increasingly urgent issue" and warned medical students might have high academic achievements but cannot cut or sew. Professor believes that young people need to have a more rounded education, including creative and artistic subjects. This way, they could learn to use their hands.

 

Over the past decade, there has been a decline in the manual dexterity of students. This poses a serious issue for surgeons as they need not only academic knowledge, but also craftsmanship. In Prof Kneebone’s opinion, previously these essential skills might “once have been gained at school or at home, whether in cutting textiles, measuring ingredients, repairing something that's broken, learning woodwork or holding an instrument.”

 

Are UK Government Education Policies to Blame?

 

uk-surgery-students-losing-dexterity-to-stitch-patients-01Source: BBC News

 

At that, the UK Government doesn’t do much to invest in creative subjects. These days, school performance has a tendency to focus on core academic subjects. According to BBC News, entries to creative subjects have decreased by 20% since 2010. At that, the design and technology GCSE dropped by 57%!

 

But how exactly can creative subjects be useful for surgeons? Experts agree that design and technology, music, art and drama help children develop "imagination and resourcefulness, resilience, problem-solving, team-working and technical skills."

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