Surgical Education

Theorising an Emerging Domain

  • Heather Fry
  • Roger Kneebone

Part of the Advances in Medical Education book series (AMEDUC, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Roger Kneebone, Heather Fry
      Pages 3-17
    3. Roger Kneebone
      Pages 37-54
    4. Heather Fry, Nick Sevdalis, Roger Kneebone
      Pages 55-72
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Lambert W. T. Schuwirth, Cees P. M. van der Vleuten
      Pages 75-90
    3. K. Anders Ericsson
      Pages 107-121
    4. Fernando Bello, Harry Brenton
      Pages 123-149
    5. Debra Nestel, Lesley Bentley
      Pages 151-168
    6. Carol-anne Moulton, Ronald M. Epstein
      Pages 169-182
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 231-256

About this book


This book delineates surgical education as a new and emerging field of academic enquiry. Surgical (as opposed to medical) education is emerging as a distinct field with its own identity. Surgeons have started to professionalise their educational role, and draw professional, non-surgeon educators into the field.

Surgery is a near unique environment of learning and practice.  The defining characteristic of ‘surgical’ specialties is the performance of invasive procedures, (alongside the myriad of diagnostic and other elements which are shared with other clinicians). This craft component is central to the surgeon’s role, as is teamworking.  Yet the unique characteristics of this field have been little addressed from an educational perspective, nor have its possibilities as a new research domain been mapped. This book thus seeks to explore surgical education from a number of dimensions, and draw attention to theorising it and establishing its epistemological foundations.At the same time it points to the essential links between theory and practice.

Surgical education is important and the initiative timely; the two main co-authors use their combined perspectives and expertise to map the domain’s co-ordinates. Complementing this strong sense of direction are invited chapters from carefully selected contributors, each an outstanding expert in his or her field. This book is aimed at surgeons, other clinicians, non-clinicians, educators, and others interested in this new domain.


Clinical reasoning Holistic Simulation Medical Education Patient Focused Simulation Reflective Practice Surgical Team Working Surgical education Surgical simulation Technical Expertise Threshold concepts

Editors and affiliations

  • Heather Fry
    • 1
  • Roger Kneebone
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Educational DevelopmentImperial College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.St. Mary' Hospital London, Dept. Biosurgery & Surgical TechnologyImperial College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-1681-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-1682-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-1298
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-1301
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