Effectiveness of Laparoscopic Skills Workshop on Enhancing Knowledge and Skills of Surgical Residents and Its Comparison with DOPS (Direct Observation of Procedural Skills) Scores: Prospective Cohort Study

Muhammad Rizwan Khan, Amir H. Shariff, Sana Nasim, Raza Hasnain Sayyed, Muhammad Shahrukh Effendi, Sheilla Pinjani

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Abstract

Introduction: Simulation-based surgical skills workshops are commonly used in the surgical training programs to enhance the knowledge and psychomotor skills of the residents, but there is scarcity of objective data on their effectiveness. The aim of our study was to explore if a 1-day laparoscopic skills workshop enhanced the knowledge and skills of surgical residents in minimal access surgery and if it had any correlation with the Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS) scores. Methods: This was a quasi-experimental, single-arm, repeat measure, prospective cohort study design. Thirty-three residents from general surgery and obstetrics/gynecology programs of Aga Khan University participated in the study. A daylong laparoscopic skills workshop consisting of lectures, videos, and hands-on practice was offered. The pre-workshop knowledge and skills scores of residents were assessed and compared with immediate post-workshop scores and scores of repeat assessment at 2 months. The scores of DOPS on laparoscopic procedures before and after the workshop were also compared. Results: The results of our study indicated that mean post-workshop (p < 0.001) and interval scores (p < 0.001) for both cognitive and psychomotor skills were significantly higher compared with mean pre-workshop scores. Similarly, post-workshop DOPS scores were significantly higher (p < 0.011) compared with pre-workshop DOPS scores. Conclusions: One-day laparoscopic skills workshop resulted in significant improvement in knowledge and psychomotor skills of the surgical residents. The skills gained from the workshop also resulted in improvement of DOPS scores reflecting the transfer of skills to real-life performance. Trial Registration: ClinicalTrials.gov

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)861-867
Number of pages7
JournalMedical Science Educator
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • DOPS
  • Knowledge
  • Laparoscopy
  • Psychomotor skills
  • Residents
  • Workshop

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