The mission of the University of Kentucky Surgery Education Office is to work with surgical faculty to provide ongoing educational services, implement and evaluate educational innovations, and conduct educational research to improve the medical education process.
The Surgery Education Office works with faculty on departmental and divisional service and research projects. It routinely evaluates educational programs, activities, faculty teaching, and the performance of residents and medical students.
Surgery Education Office staff assist with the administration of Third-year Surgery Clerkships and the Fourth-year Surgery Acting Intern program. The Surgery Education Office uses the Blackboard e-Education platform to communicate information regarding both programs to medical students. Use of this system requires a User Name and Password.
In addition to assisting students, the Education Office assists Department of Surgery faculty members with the preparation of information and data for annual reviews and promotion dossiers.
The Surgery Education Committee was established to ensure the quality of undergraduate medical education in the department. This committee comprises one faculty member from each of the subspecialty divisions, each section in General Surgery, the Surgery Education office administrative staff director, and staff members. Dr. Joseph Iocono serves as the committee chair. The committee addresses topics important to clerkship student education including:
- Test development
- Faculty feedback to students
- Student evaluation
One the Education Office's chief strengths is in Medical Education research. The education staff has worked with faculty from every division on many surgery education research inquiries. The findings have been presented at numerous national and international surgery and education conferences. Reports are published widely in many peer-reviewed medical journals.