Avirtual reality endoscopic simulator augments general surgery resident cancer education as measured by performance improvement

Ian White, Brian Buchberg, Vassiliki Tsikitis, Daniel Herzig, John Vetto, Kim Lu

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Abstract

Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of death in the USA. The need for screening colonoscopies, and thus adequately trained endoscopists, particularly in rural areas, is on the rise. Recent increases in required endoscopic cases for surgical resident graduation by the Surgery Residency Review Committee (RRC) further emphasize the need for more effective endoscopic training during residency to determine if a virtual reality colonoscopy simulator enhances surgical resident endoscopic education by detecting improvement in colonoscopy skills before and after 6 weeks of formal clinical endoscopic training. We conducted a retrospective review of prospectively collected surgery resident data on an endoscopy simulator. Residents performed four different clinical scenarios on the endoscopic simulator before and after a 6-week endoscopic training course. Data were collected over a 5-year period from 94 different residents performing a total of 795 colonoscopic simulation scenarios. Main outcome measures included time to cecal intubation, "red out" time, and severity of simulated patient discomfort (mild, moderate, severe, extreme) during colonoscopy scenarios. Average time to intubation of the cecum was 6.8 min for those residents who had not undergone endoscopic training versus 4.4 min for those who had undergone endoscopic training (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-336
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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Colonoscopy
Internship and Residency
Education
Intubation
Computed Tomographic Colonography
Neoplasms
Cecum
Advisory Committees
Endoscopy
Cause of Death
Colorectal Neoplasms
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)

Keywords

  • Resident endoscopic education
  • Virtual reality endoscopy simulator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Oncology
  • Medicine(all)

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