Teach Design to Surgical Trainees: One Small Step for Surgeons, One Giant Leap for Surgery

J Surg Educ. 2024 Jan;81(1):5-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2023.09.012. Epub 2023 Oct 27.


The field of surgery faces complex, systemic challenges that will require new academic frameworks. In this paper, we propose design thinking as a useful problem-solving technique to apply to such challenges. We define design thinking and provide a brief history of this practice. Finally, we offer suggestions to introduce design thinking to surgical trainees, drawing from the experience of innovation programs that have incorporated this technique.

Keywords: design thinking; human centered design; surgical innovation.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Problem Solving
  • Surgeons*