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Training Performance in Diagnosis of Congenital Uterine Anomalies With 3-Dimensional Sonography

A Learning Curve Cumulative Summation Analysis

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Abstract

Objectives

We evaluated learning curve cumulative summation (CUSUM) of 3-dimensional (3D) sonography for diagnosis of congenital uterine anomalies and the deviations of the level of trainees' performance at the control-stage CUSUM.

Methods

First-year (R1), second-year (R2), and third-year (R3) residents in obstetrics and gynecology received a training program to learn how to analyze 3D sonographic volumes and to classify congenital uterine anomalies. Each trainee worked on 155 3D sonographic volumes from preselected patients. Their results were evaluated by learning curve CUSUM and standard CUSUM. The time for each volume analysis was calculated for the expert examiner and the trainees.

Results

Trainees R1, R2, and R3 reached competence at the 85th, 58th, and 40th evaluations, respectively, with success rates of 80%, 81%, and 85%, and kept the process under control with error levels of less than 4.5% until the end of the test. The trainees significantly reduced the average time of the evaluation per volume (P < .001).

Conclusions

Learning curve CUSUM provided quantitative indicators of the learning evolution of 3D sonography for diagnosis of congenital uterine anomalies by obstetrics and gynecology residents. The training received by the residents was adequate for diagnosis of congenital uterine anomalies using 3D sonography.

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