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DOPS Requirements

  SET 1 SET 2 SET 3 SET 4 SET 5 SET 6 TOTAL
Exposure & Mobilisation of the long Saphenous Vein x2 x3 x3 x1     9
Median Sternotomy x1 x3 x3 x2     9
Harvesting of Radial Artery   x2 x2 x2     6
Dissection of Internal Mammary Artery   x3 x3 x3 x1   10
Aortic Valve Replacement       x2 x2 x2 6
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting     x2 x3 x3 x3 11
Mitral Valve Surgery         x1 x2 3
Resternotomy for any indication         x2 x2 4

Saphenous Vein  (DOC 92KB)
Median Sternotomy (DOC 88.5KB)
Harvesting of Radial Artery (DOC 88KB)
Dissection of Internal Mammary Artery (DOC 33KB)
Aortic Valve Replacement (DOC 119KB)
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting  (DOC 123KB)
Mitral Valve Surgery (DOC 117KB)
Resternotomy  (DOC 115KB)
Guidelines for Supervisors/Assessors completing DOPS
(PDF 189KB)
Thoracotomy (PDF 35.5KB)  Applicable to all SET 1 Cardiothoracic trainees effective from the beginning of the 2017 training year.

Direct Observation of Procedural Skills in Surgery (Surgical DOPS)
Effective from 2017 Training Year

 
SET 1
SET 2
SET 3
SET 4
SET 5
SET 6
Sternotomy/Thoracotomy x2    
Conduit Harvest (Saphenous Vein or Radial artery or Internal Mammary artery) 
x2    
Exposure & Mobilisation of the long Saphenous Vein
  x3 x3 x1  
Median Sternotomy
  x3 x3 x2  
Harvesting of Radial Artery
     x2    x2 x2
Dissection of Internal Mammary Artery
     x3 x3 x3 x1
Aortic Valve Replacement
         x2 x2 x2
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
       x2    x3 x3 x3
Mitral Valve Surgery         x1 x2
Redo-sternotomy for any indication
        x2 x2
TOTAL at each SET level
4 11 13 13 9 9

The number of DOPS indicated above:

  • Must be assessed by separate trainers.
  • The Total must be number of forms by number of separate trainers.
  • The total number specified applies to satisfactorily completed DOPS.
  • In a unit with less than 3 surgeons, consideration will be given to the required number of DOPS.
  • *For SET 1 trainees: Please also refer to 3.7.2 of the training regulations regarding the total number of assessments required by the end of SET 1.