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Training the novice in laparoscopy

  • M.R. Ali
  • Y. Mowery
  • B. Kaplan
  • E.J. DeMaria

Background: Virtual reality simulation is effective in training the novice to perform basic laparoscopic skills. Methods: Using the Minimally Invasive Surgery Training—Virtual Reality (MIST-VR) trainer, 27 honors high school students were tested at the easy level, prospectively randomized to eight training sessions at the easy (group A, n = 14) or medium (group B, n = 13) level, then retested at the easy level. Results: Both groups were statistically similar at baseline. All scores improved significantly (50.1% to 81.3%) over the period of training (p < 0.05). Although the group A scores were significantly better than the group B scores throughout training (p < 0.05), on final testing at the easy level, group B surpassed group A for all the tasks except TransferPlace (p = 0.054). Conclusions: Virtual simulation is an effective laparoscopic training method for the novice, providing significant improvement in skill levels over a relatively short period. More challenging training seems to predict greater improvement over time and better final skill levels.

Keywords

High School Training Session Virtual Reality Invasive Surgery Great Improvement 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • M.R. Ali
    • 1
  • Y. Mowery
    • 1
  • B. Kaplan
    • 1
  • E.J. DeMaria
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Medical College of Virginia, 1200 East Broad Street, West Hospital, Floor 15, P.O. Box 980519, Richmond, VA 23298, USAUS

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