Clinical anatomy and surgical skills training (CASST): Development of a multicenter, multidisciplinary program

Kimberly Kenton*, Elizabeth R. Mueller, Scott Graziano, Sondra Summers, Leslie Rickey, Lisa Oldham, Xavier Pombar, Francesca Turner, Brenda Darrell

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Abstract

Objective: The aim of this program was to develop a multicenter, multidisciplinary anatomy and surgical skills training program for junior residents in obstetrics and gynecology and urology. Study design: After administering a needs assessment, we developed a collaborative clinical anatomy and surgical skills training program for junior residents in obstetrics and gynecology and urology at 3 academic medical centers in Chicago. Results: Thirty-two residents participated in the program. Needs assessment results indicated that all residents felt they could benefit by more formal training in basic surgical skills. Learning objectives were developed for each of the 5 3-hour sessions that dealt with basic surgical skills, anterior abdominal wall anatomy, opening and closing the abdomen, female pelvic anatomy, and perineal anatomy and laceration repair. The cost of training each of the residents was approximately $600. Forty-five percent of the costs were one-time "start-up" costs for abdominal trainers and surgical instruments. Conclusion: By including multiple centers and disciplines, we were able to reduce costs of teaching basic surgical skills and anatomy and maximize faculty teaching time and effort.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1789-1793
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume195
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

Keywords

  • Resident education
  • Surgical education
  • Surgical skills
  • Technical skills
  • Urology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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