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Human Factors Training for Surgeons

August 1, 2011

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has launched the first MSc./ Postgraduate Diploma in Human Factors and Patient Safety course to accompany the surgical training programme. RCSI is the only surgical training college in the world to offer this comprehensive human factors training integrated into the surgical curriculum.

The programme aims to facilitate surgical trainees to explore areas of professional development in an effort to develop their interpersonal skills in order to enhance the performance of the surgeon and contribute to the reduction of error and risk during surgical procedures.

It is estimated that 75% of important events during a surgical procedure relate to human factors such as decision making, communication, team work and leadership and only 25% of events are related to manual or technical skills. Other human factors which are important in surgical practice include self awareness, conflict resolution and error management.

See the website of the RCSI

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  1. October 30, 2012 1:42 pm

    A very interesting post. Indeed, I would agree that human factors applies to many areas of practice, not excluding organisational practices. However, if we are to follow the prevalent model of causation presented by Reason (1990, 1997) we are led inexorably to confirm that the true cause of error is not human but systemic.

    Looking forward to following your blog and reading more. I also have a blog at http://www.occpsyched.com which encapsulates some of these issues.

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