Basic surgical skills training: Does it work?
Article first published online: 8 FEB 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology © 2011 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume 51, Issue 1, pages 57–60, February 2011
How to Cite
KOCH, J., CLEMENTS, S. and ABBOTT, J. (2011), Basic surgical skills training: Does it work?. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 51: 57–60. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2010.01285.x
- Issue published online: 8 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 8 FEB 2011
- Received 29 September 2010; accepted 2 December 2010.
- surgical skills
Background and Aim: We assessed the RANZCOG Basic Surgical Skills Workshop (BSSW) with regards to trainees’ basic knowledge and skill using a laparoscopic pelvi-trainer.
Methods: First-year trainees answered a multiple choice questionnaire (MCQ) and performed timed simulated laparoscopic exercises with a pelvi-trainer before completing a 2-day workshop. Assessment was repeated following the workshop, at 6 months and 5 years.
Results: MCQ results improved immediately after the workshop (baseline 16/34 vs post-course 23/34; P = 0.0001) declined at 6 months (post-course 24/34 vs 6 months 20/34; P = 0.009) with no change at 5 years (20/34 at 5 years). The time to complete both the simple and the complex laparoscopic exercises improved significantly following the workshop (simple: baseline 30 s, post-course 23 s; P = 0.008, complex: baseline 219 s, post-course 145 s; P = 0.0001) and was maintained at 6 months (simple: post-course 22 s, 6 months 23 s; P = 0.644, complex: post-course 124 s, 6 months 125 s; P = 0.958), but the time to complete the simple exercise was no better at 5 years and the time to complete the complex exercise was increased at 5 years (6 months 115 s, 5 years 172 s, P = 0.023).
Conclusions: First-year trainees’ basic knowledge of electrosurgery, hysteroscopy and laparoscopy and the time to perform skills on a laparoscopic pelvi-trainer improved after a BSSW but there was no further improvement at 5 years.