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Plastic Surgery International
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 651863, 12 pages
Review Article

Basic Plastic Surgery Skills Training Program on Inanimate Bench Models during Medical Graduation

1Institute of Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery, SOBRAPAR Hospital, Avenue Adolpho Lutz 100, Caixa Postal 6028, 13084-880 Campinas, SP, Brazil
2Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, School of Medical Sciences, University of Marίlia (UNIMAR), 17525-902 Marίlia, SP, Brazil
3School of Medical Sciences, University São Francisco (USF), 12916-900 Bragança Paulista, SP, Brazil

Received 1 October 2012; Revised 12 November 2012; Accepted 19 November 2012

Academic Editor: Georg M. Huemer

Copyright © 2012 Rafael Denadai et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Due to ethical and medical-legal drawbacks, high costs, and difficulties of accessibility that are inherent to the practice of basic surgical skills on living patients, fresh human cadaver, and live animals, the search for alternative forms of training is needed. In this study, the teaching and learning process of basic surgical skills pertinent to plastic surgery during medical education on different inanimate bench models as a form of alternative and complementary training to the teaching programs already established is proposed.