This prospective, single-blinded randomized controlled study published in the Annals of Surgery aimed to develop and validate a comprehensive ex vivo training curriculum for laparoscopic colorectal surgery. The developed curriculum consisted of proficiency-based psychomotor training on a virtual reality simulator, cognitive training, and participation in a cadaver lab. The primary outcome measure in this study was surgical performance in the operating room. Curricular-trained residents demonstrated superior performance in the operating room compared with conventionally trained residents; scored higher on the multiple-choice test and outperformed conventionally trained residents in 7 of 8 tasks on the simulator.
Annals of Surgery 2012;doi: 10.1097/SLA.0b013e318258f5aa
Headline: Ex vivo training curriculum for lap colorectal surgery results in improved performance in the operating room
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