Background/context Research has shown that training in a simulated environment can help surgical trainees acquire technical and non-technical skills that can be applied in the workplace and improve effectiveness of training in the operating theatre environment.
Unfortunately, despite the gain in popularity and progress in simulation enhanced learning, surgical training via simulation is still not a mandatory component of all surgical training programs across the world.
In the UK, the Joint Committee on Surgical Training and the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Project agreed to integrate simulation from 2012.
Methodology In 2013 an electronic questionnaire was sent to all 17 Core Surgical Training Programme Directors across the UK to evaluate the availability of surgical simulation training in the UK. This was followed up with targeted telephone enquiries to explore the frequency and modality of both teaching and simulation sessions available to the core surgical trainees. In 2014 we aim to repeat this audit to assess change and improvement in line with curriculum requirements.
Results/outcomes Previous data illustrated a wide variation in both the modalities of simulation training e.g. mannequins, part task, cadaveric and non-technical skills and in the frequency of simulation training. In one region access to simulation training was bi-weekly. We hypothesis that more simulation is becoming available to core trainees and our data should reflect that.
Conclusions and recommendations It is apparent that simulation is being incorporated into the Core Surgical training programmes across the UK, but that there is significant regional variation in the provision and access to these educational resources. This ongoing work could provide an annual review of use of surgical simulation, furthermore it could assist in the development of a set of standards within surgical simulation for core trainees.
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Boris Zevin, Rajesh Aggarwal, Teodor P Grantcharov. Surgical Simulation in 2013: Why Is It Still Not the Standard in Surgical Training? Journal of the American College of Surgeons Available online 28 September 2013
Joint Committee on Surgical training and ISCP www.iscp.ac.uk
- Category: Course or curriculum evaluation/innovation/integration
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