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Teaching wound care to family medicine residents on a wound care service

Authors Little SH, Menawat SS, Worzniak M, Fetters MD

Received 15 April 2013

Accepted for publication 1 June 2013

Published 19 August 2013 Volume 2013:4 Pages 137—144

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/AMEP.S46785

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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2


Sahoko H Little,1,2 Sunil S Menawat,1,3 Michael Worzniak,1 Michael D Fetters2

1Oakwood Annapolis Family Medicine Residency, Wayne, Michigan, USA; 2University of Michigan, Department of Family Medicine, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; 3Ghent Family Medicine Residency, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Abstract: Primary care physicians often care for patients with chronic wounds, and they can best serve patients if they have knowledge and proficient skills in chronic wound care, including sharp debridement. The Oakwood Annapolis Family Medicine Residency in Michigan, USA developed a Wound Care Service, incorporating wound care training during the surgical rotation. Effectiveness of the wound care training was evaluated through pre- and posttesting of residents, to assess changes in knowledge and comfort in treating chronic wounds. The results demonstrate significant improvement in residents’ knowledge and comfort in wound care. This innovation demonstrates the feasibility of educating residents in chronic wound care through hands-on experience.

Keywords: wound care education, primary care, residency education, surgery rotation, curriculum development

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