27 May 2015
A surgical skills laboratory and corresponding dissection curricula could improve training for neurosurgical residents, a new study has found.
Published in the Journal of Neurosurgery, the research determined that it is possible to create a surgical skills lab but keep costs down.
The paper "Establishing a surgical skills laboratory and dissection curriculum for neurosurgical residency training" was written by Dr James Liu and colleagues, and covers the pressures on surgical training.
According to the authors, these pressures have spurred surgical educational programmes to come up with innovative ways to support surgical residents and assess their abilities.
The Department of Neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic created a lab and corresponding coursework, giving students a formal curriculum of structured dissection and provision of all the materials for that purpose.
In their report, the authors describe the equipment needed to simulate the surgical experience, with a number of dissection stations being set up in the operating room itself.
Dr Liu said the experience "serves as a proof of concept that a surgical skills lab and dissection curricula can be achieved at any training programme".
Posted by Edward Bartel
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