Structured and evidence-based training of technical skills in respiratory medicine and thoracic surgery

Pia Iben Pietersen, Christian Borbjerg Laursen, René Horsleben Petersen, Lars Konge

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Within the last decade, the number of technical procedures in respiratory medicine and thoracic surgery has grown and created a higher demand for effective and evidence-based education. Today, trainees are often allowed to perform procedures unsupervised on patients after obtaining a course certificate from a theoretic course and having performed a fixed number of supervised procedures. However, these methods do not ensure adequate competence. Well-structured and effective educational programmes including validated tests are needed to reduce economic expenses, optimize time spend, and ensure patient safety. The aim of this article is to summarize current state of educational strategies for technical procedures within respiratory medicine and thoracic surgery. Thus, to discuss future recommendations for curriculum development and assessment of competences based on Kern's framework. The approach by Kern consists of six topics, which needs to be considered and evaluated and in order to educate physicians and surgeons most effective and evidence-based. We present a practical guide contributing to future educators' considerations on (I) problem identification and general needs assessment, (II) targeted needs assessment, (III) goals and objectives, (IV) educational strategies, (V) implementation, and finally (VI) evaluation and feedback.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Thoracic Disease
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)2058-2067
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021


  • Medical education
  • Respiratory medicine
  • Technical procedures
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Training


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