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Table 2 Structure of podiatry programs for teaching scalpel skills in Australia and New Zealand

From: A qualitative evaluation of scalpel skill teaching of podiatry students

University Degree Taught First Patient Contact Duration between (Semesters) Low fidelity simulation methods Additional Motor practice arrangementsa
1 3 year Bachelor 1st Year, 2nd Semester 2nd Year, 1st Semester 1 Wax impregnated materials Take home/Allowed to take home but not encouraged/University clinic – additional allowed
2 3 year Bachelor 2nd year, 1st Semester 2nd year, 1st Semester 0 Wax impregnated materials Allowed to take home but not encouraged
3 4 year Bachelor 2nd year preclinical 2nd year 1st Semester/2nd Semester 0–1 Wax impregnated materials and other inanimate objects Take home/Not allowed to take home
4 4 year Bachelor/3 year GE Doctor of Podiatric Medicine 1st Year, 2nd Semester 2nd Year, 1st Semester 1 Wax impregnated materials Not allowed to take home/Additional university clinic experience
5 4 year Bachelor 2nd Year, 1st Semester 2nd Year, 1st Semester 0 Wax impregnated materials and other inanimate objects Take home
6 4 year – Bachelor & Masters (double degree)/2 year GE Masters 2nd Year, 1st Semester 3rd Year, 1st Semester 2 Wax impregnated materials and other inanimate objects Allowed to take home but not encouraged/Not allowed to take home
7 4 year Bachelor/2.5 year GE Masters 2nd Year, 1st Semester 2nd Year, 2nd Semester 1 Fleecy web only Only university clinic/Additional university clinic experience
8 4 year Bachelor - Masters (double degree) 2nd Year, 2nd Semester 3rd Year, 1st Semester 1 Wax impregnated materials and other inanimate objects Allowed to take home but not encouraged/Not allowed to take home
  1. a Note: discrepancies occurred due to varying responses amongst participants