Step-by-step training in basic laparoscopic skills using two-way web conferencing software for remote coaching: A multicenter randomized controlled study

Tomoko Mizota, Yo Kurashima, Saseem Poudel, Yusuke Watanabe, Toshiaki Shichinohe, Satoshi Hirano

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Abstract

Background: Despite its advantages, few trainees outside of North America have access to simulation training. We hypothesized that a stepwise training method using tele-mentoring system would be an efficient technique for training in basic laparoscopic skills. Methods: Residents were randomized into two groups and trained to proficiency in intracorporeal suturing. The stepwise group (SG) practiced the task step-by-step, while the other group practiced comprehensively (CG). Each participant received weekly coaching via two-way web conferencing software. The duration of the coaching sessions and self-practice time were compared between the two groups. Results: Twenty residents from 15 institutions participated, and all achieved proficiency. Coaching sessions using tele-mentoring system were completed without difficulties. The SG required significantly shorter coaching time per session than the CG (p =.002). There was no significant difference in self-practice time. Conclusions: The stepwise training method with the tele-mentoring system appears to make efficient use of surgical trainees' and trainers' time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-92
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
Volume216
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 07-2018
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery

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