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Experience with a simulator-based angiography course for neurosurgical residents: beyond a pilot program.
Neurosurgery. 2013 Oct; 73 Suppl 1:46-50.N

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Simulation is an increasingly useful means of teaching in the era of duty hour restrictions. Since the completion of our diagnostic cerebral angiography simulator curriculum pilot program, we have performed this resident course at 2 Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) annual meetings with larger participant numbers.

OBJECTIVE

To report the ongoing results of these courses.

METHODS

A 120-minute simulator-based training course was performed at 2 CNS annual meetings. Precourse written and simulator skills assessments were performed, followed by instructor-guided training on an endovascular simulator. Postcourse written and simulator practical assessments were then performed and compared with precourse scores.

RESULTS

Thirty-seven neurosurgery resident participants completed the course module: 16 completed the first course provided and 21 completed the second. Posttest written scores were significantly higher than pretest scores (mean ± SEM, 8.5 ± 0.40.3 vs 4.9 ± 0.3; P < .001). Instructor assessments of practical posttest scores of participants were significantly higher than pretest practical scores for both the CNS 2011 and CNS 2012 groups (P < .001).

CONCLUSION

The expansion of a curriculum-based, cerebral angiography simulator pilot program to trainees through courses at national neurosurgical meetings demonstrated excellent results with significant improvements in written test scores and instructor assessments of participant technical skills. With ever-expanding improvements in simulation technology and realism, simulator training for cerebral angiography may become an integral component of resident training in the future.

Authors+Show Affiliations

*Department of Neurosurgery, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida; ‡Semmes-Murphey Clinic/University of Tennessee, Department of Neurosurgery, Memphis, Tennessee; §Department of Neurosurgery, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois; ¶Department of Neurosurgery, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, New York; ‖Department of Neurosurgery, Mayfield Clinic, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio; #Department of Neurosurgery, Capital Health Institute for Neurosciences, Trenton, New Jersey; **Department of Neurosurgery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24051882

Citation

Fargen, Kyle M., et al. "Experience With a Simulator-based Angiography Course for Neurosurgical Residents: Beyond a Pilot Program." Neurosurgery, vol. 73 Suppl 1, 2013, pp. 46-50.
Fargen KM, Arthur AS, Bendok BR, et al. Experience with a simulator-based angiography course for neurosurgical residents: beyond a pilot program. Neurosurgery. 2013;73 Suppl 1:46-50.
Fargen, K. M., Arthur, A. S., Bendok, B. R., Levy, E. I., Ringer, A., Siddiqui, A. H., Veznedaroglu, E., & Mocco, J. (2013). Experience with a simulator-based angiography course for neurosurgical residents: beyond a pilot program. Neurosurgery, 73 Suppl 1, 46-50. https://doi.org/10.1227/NEU.0000000000000059
Fargen KM, et al. Experience With a Simulator-based Angiography Course for Neurosurgical Residents: Beyond a Pilot Program. Neurosurgery. 2013;73 Suppl 1:46-50. PubMed PMID: 24051882.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Experience with a simulator-based angiography course for neurosurgical residents: beyond a pilot program. AU - Fargen,Kyle M, AU - Arthur,Adam S, AU - Bendok,Bernard R, AU - Levy,Elad I, AU - Ringer,Andrew, AU - Siddiqui,Adnan H, AU - Veznedaroglu,Erol, AU - Mocco,J, PY - 2013/9/21/entrez PY - 2013/10/18/pubmed PY - 2014/4/23/medline SP - 46 EP - 50 JF - Neurosurgery JO - Neurosurgery VL - 73 Suppl 1 N2 - BACKGROUND: Simulation is an increasingly useful means of teaching in the era of duty hour restrictions. Since the completion of our diagnostic cerebral angiography simulator curriculum pilot program, we have performed this resident course at 2 Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) annual meetings with larger participant numbers. OBJECTIVE: To report the ongoing results of these courses. METHODS: A 120-minute simulator-based training course was performed at 2 CNS annual meetings. Precourse written and simulator skills assessments were performed, followed by instructor-guided training on an endovascular simulator. Postcourse written and simulator practical assessments were then performed and compared with precourse scores. RESULTS: Thirty-seven neurosurgery resident participants completed the course module: 16 completed the first course provided and 21 completed the second. Posttest written scores were significantly higher than pretest scores (mean ± SEM, 8.5 ± 0.40.3 vs 4.9 ± 0.3; P < .001). Instructor assessments of practical posttest scores of participants were significantly higher than pretest practical scores for both the CNS 2011 and CNS 2012 groups (P < .001). CONCLUSION: The expansion of a curriculum-based, cerebral angiography simulator pilot program to trainees through courses at national neurosurgical meetings demonstrated excellent results with significant improvements in written test scores and instructor assessments of participant technical skills. With ever-expanding improvements in simulation technology and realism, simulator training for cerebral angiography may become an integral component of resident training in the future. SN - 1524-4040 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24051882/Experience_with_a_simulator_based_angiography_course_for_neurosurgical_residents:_beyond_a_pilot_program_ L2 - https://academic.oup.com/neurosurgery/article-lookup/doi/10.1227/NEU.0000000000000059 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -