Teaching and Training for Laparoscopic Colorectal Resection



Despite a large amount of evidence demonstrating that colectomy outcomes are, in general, improved with use of a laparoscopic approach compared to traditional open surgery, there is a clear lack of data addressing the best method of education for safe adoption of this technology. Furthermore, it has been over 20 years since the first reports of laparoscopic colectomy were published, and still over half of all colectomies are performed via laparotomy. While industry, surgical societies, and individual institutions have all made substantial contributions in attempt to bridge this gap, there are still several hurdles to overcome. In this chapter, we address the current barriers to more widespread adoption of laparoscopic colectomy and explore various methods available for the training and assessment of both residents and attending surgeons performing this procedure.


Virtual Reality Laparoscopic Colectomy Laparoscopic Skill Conventional Laparoscopy Virtual Reality Simulator 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Department of SurgeryCase Western Reserve University School of Medicine, University HospitalsClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryMount Sinai Hospital and University of TorontoTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Colorectal ResidencyTorontoCanada

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