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Cadaveric surgery in core gynaecology training: a feasibility study

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Laura Delgaty



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© 2018, The Author(s). Background: Fresh frozen cadaver training has been proposed as a better model than virtual reality simulators in laparoscopy training. We aimed to explore the relationship between cadaveric surgical training and increased surgical confidence. To determine feasibility, we devised two 1-day cadaveric surgical training days targeted at trainees in obstetrics and gynaecology. Seven defined surgical skills were covered during the course of the day. The relationship between surgical training and surgical confidence was explored using both quantitative (confidence scores) and qualitative tools (questionnaires). Results: Participants rated a consistent improvement in their level of confidence after the training. They universally found the experience positive and three overarching themes emerged from the qualitative analysis including self-concept, social persuasion and stability of task. Conclusions: It is pragmatically feasible to provide procedure-specific cadaveric surgical training alongside supervised clinical training. This small, non-generalisable study suggests that cadaveric training may contribute to an increase in surgical self-confidence and efficacy. This will form the basis of a larger study and needs to be explored in more depth with a larger population.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Lim CP, Roberts M, Chalhoub T, Waugh J, Delgaty L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Gynecological Surgery

Year: 2018

Volume: 15

Online publication date: 16/01/2018

Acceptance date: 13/12/2017

Date deposited: 05/02/2018

ISSN (print): 1613-2076

ISSN (electronic): 1613-2084

Publisher: Springer Verlag


DOI: 10.1186/s10397-017-1034-0


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