Simulators in laparoscopic surgery
Are becoming a cheap and effective way to teach trainees
- By: Dermot Mallon, Andrew Stewart
Despite a constant flux in medical training, the demand for more effective and economical surgical training is increasing. The need for trainees to develop their skills must be met without detriment to patients. This is particularly the case with laparoscopic surgery, which requires many new skills. With advancing technology there has been an increase in the use of manikins and simulators throughout medical education.1 Simulators allow doctors to train in a focused and high yield manner.
Laparoscopic surgery is different from open surgery in four elements.2
Simulators also have an increasing role in assessment of operative skill. College examinations tend to focus on factual knowledge of an operative procedure rather than performance of the operation itself. Simulators can provide assessors with objective data on a trainee’s progress. They can also act as a method of assessment before allowing trainees to progress to operating in theatre.4 The General Medical Council uses