A Simulator-Based Mastery Learning Resident Curriculum for Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Project: Research project

Description

See one, do one, teach one” has been the traditional teaching model used by faculty while teaching in the operating room for over a century. However, there is significant concern among surgical educators that this model is producing residency graduates who are not prepared to operate independently and safely. Simulation-based curricula using a mastery learning model have emerged as an ideal supplement to traditional “on the job” procedural learning during residency. This proposed project would develop and implement such a mastery learning curriculum to teach laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) to general surgery residents. LC is one of the most common procedures performed by general surgeons; however, it comes with the risk of serious complications, namely common bile duct injury. A recent survey of surgery fellowship program director found that 30% of residency graduates could not safely perform a LC independently. We intend to implement a curriculum for LC consisting of reading and case video review materials, in addition to procedural instruction using a virtual-reality LC simulator. A mastery learning model with a pre and post-test will be employed. Additionally, the clinical impact of the curriculum will be assessed using recorded video of clinical LC operations performed by the residents.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date7/1/196/30/20

Funding

  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH Agmt #17 Exhibit B.12)

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