Teaching and training in laparoscopic surgery: Experience of Catholic Laparoscopy Advanced Surgery School in the basic gynecological surgery

Cristiano Rossitto, Maria Lucia Gagliardi, Anna Fagotti, Francesco Fanfani, Valerio Gallotta, Giovanni Scambia

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Abstract

Purpose To evaluate the effectiveness of our training method for basic "hands-on" laparoscopic courses. Methods A prospective observational study between September 2008 and December 2010 at Catholic Laparoscopy Advanced Surgery School of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, University of Sacred Heart-Rome, was conducted. Each course lasted for 3 days, divided into theoretical and practical parts, ending with a live surgery. Gynecologists who attended our 'hands-on' laparoscopic courses had no or minimum experience with laparoscopic technique. The teachers were expert laparoscopists of our Division, and every single group of participants had the same tutor for the entire course. Trainees completed self-assessment anonymous questionnaire of laparoscopic knowledge, before and immediately after the course. Results During the study period, we performed 20 basic courses, enrolling 120 consecutive gynecologists. Among them, 114 (95%) decided to participate. Average age was 41 years (range 35-60 years) and 108 (94.7%) trainees were Italian. The subjective assessment showed an immediate improvement of motor skills. Conclusions Laparoscopic training course can improve both theoretical knowledge and motor skills. Such courses result in a short-term subjective improvement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-160
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Volume285
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

Keywords

  • Laparoscopic training
  • Motor skills
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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