Arch Plast Surg 2017 Jul 15;44(4):293-300. Epub 2017 Jul 15.
Academic Plastic Surgery, The Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK.
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J Reconstr Microsurg 2016 Mar 8;32(3):233-41. Epub 2015 Dec 8.
Academic Plastic Surgery Group, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, United Kingdom.
Background: Over the last decade, simulation has become a principal training method in microsurgery. With an increasing move toward the use of nonliving models, there is a need to develop methods for assessment of microvascular anastomosis skill acquisition substituting traditional patency rate. The authors present and validate a novel method of microvascular anastomosis assessment tool for formative and summative skills competency assessment. Read More
J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg 2017 Apr 9;70(4):478-486. Epub 2017 Jan 9.
Dept. of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Guys and St Thomas Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7EH, UK.
Introduction: Acquisition of fine motor skills required in microsurgery can be challenging in the current training system. Therefore, there is an increased demand for novel training and assessment methods to optimise learning outside the clinical setting. Here, we present a randomised control trial of three microsurgical training models, namely laboratory tabletop training microscope (Laboratory Microscope, LM), low-cost jewellers microscope (Home Microscope, HM) and iPad trainer (Home Tablet, HT). Read More
Plast Reconstr Surg 2016 Oct;138(4):739e-47e
Santiago, Chile From the Experimental Surgery and Simulation Center, Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Surgery Division, School of Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.
Background: Currently, there are no valid training programs based solely on nonliving models. The authors aimed to develop and validate a microsurgery training program based on nonliving models and assess the transfer of skills to a live rat model.
Methods: Postgraduate year-3 general surgery residents were assessed in a 17-session program, performing arterial and venous end-to-end anastomosis on ex vivo chicken models. Read More
Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol 2017 12 11;2(6):471-474. Epub 2017 Oct 11.
Department of Otolaryngology Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Boston Massachusetts U.S.A.
Objectives: Microsurgical techniques are essential for vessel anastomosis in free flap reconstructive surgery. However, teaching these skills intraoperatively is difficult. The chicken thigh microvascular model is a high-fidelity model that has been previously validated to differentiate between skill levels of surgeons. Read More