Acta Med Port 2017 May 31;30(5):388-394. Epub 2017 May 31.
General Surgery Department. Centro Hospitalar de São João. Porto. Portugal.
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J Surg Educ 2016 Nov - Dec;73(6):932-941. Epub 2016 Jun 21.
Arnold & Blema Steinberg Medical Simulation Centre, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Objective: Training within a competency-based curriculum (CBC) outside the operating room enhances performance during real basic surgical procedures. This study aimed to design and validate a virtual reality CBC for an advanced laparoscopic procedure: sigmoid colectomy.
Design: This was a multicenter randomized study. Read More
Surg Endosc 2014 Jan 31;28(1):242-8. Epub 2013 Aug 31.
Department of Surgical Sciences, Policlinico "Umberto I", "Sapienza" - University of Rome, Viale Regina Elena 324, 00161, Rome, Italy,
Background: Construct validity of virtual laparoscopic simulators for basic laparoscopic skills has been proposed; however, it is not yet clear whether the simulators can identify the actual experience of surgeons in more complex procedures such as laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. This study tested the ability of the Lap Mentor simulator to recognize the experience in advanced laparoscopic procedures and to assess its role in the certification of bariatric surgeons.
Methods: Twenty surgeons were divided into two groups according to their experience in laparoscopic and bariatric surgery. Read More
Surg Endosc 2007 Sep 14;21(9):1641-9. Epub 2007 Mar 14.
Department of General Surgery, University Hospital, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
Background: The goal of our study was to determine expert and referent face validity of the LAP Mentor, the first procedural virtual reality (VR) laparoscopy trainer.
Methods: In The Netherlands 49 surgeons and surgical trainees were given a hands-on introduction to the Simbionix LAP Mentor training module. Subsequently, a standardized five-point Likert-scale questionnaire was administered. Read More
J Surg Educ 2012 Jul-Aug;69(4):459-67. Epub 2012 Feb 2.
Department of Visceral Surgery, University Hospital of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.
Background: Virtual reality devices are becoming the backbone for laparoscopic training in surgery. However, without knowledge of the achievable metrics of basic training within the trainee group, these simulators cannot be used effectively. Currently, no validated task metrics of the performance of larger trainee groups are available. Read More