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Lack of Existing Structured Undergraduate Curriculum in Vascular Surgery: Time to Act

Published:March 22, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.avsg.2022.03.006
      In their recent survey regarding, Dorsey et al.
      • Dorsey C.
      • McKenzie N.
      • Milner R.
      • et al.
      Vascular surgery curriculum for medical students: a national targeted needs assessment.
      depicted the—not surprisingly—lack of an existing structured curriculum for undergraduate medical students, while only two-third of the respondents identified this need, despite working in an academic hospital or academic affiliated hospital. Despite the fact that peripheral arterial disease (PAD) was ranked highest as an educational task, it has been documented that postgraduate doctors have poor knowledge about this topic in reality, although PAD is a major cause of mortality and morbidity, with coronary artery disease being the most common cause of death in half of these.
      • Song P.
      • Rudan D.
      • Zhu Y.
      • et al.
      Global, regional, and national prevalence and risk factors for peripheral artery disease in 2015: an updated systematic review and analysis.
      This is a representative example of the insufficient and outdated perception that most undergraduate curricula still maintain.
      • Lee K.S.
      • Ng J.J.
      • Choong A.M.T.L.
      A scoping review of vascular surgery education in the medical school curriculum.
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