Feedback is crucial to learning and is a difficult concept to define, occurring as a consequence of learner performance with the ultimate aim of influencing change in the learner. Here, we discuss strategies for giving feedback in the operating room revolving around the following themes: encouraging a sociocultural process, forming an educational alliance, sharing training goals, finding the appropriate time, giving task-specific feedback, approaching unsatisfactory performance and providing follow-up. It is essential that surgeons understand the fundamental feedback theories at play in the operating room described in this article and how they influence surgical training at all stages.
- education and training
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