The Simulated Surgical Skills Program (SSSP), funded by the
Australian Government through the Department of Health and Ageing,
developed, implemented and assessed a new laparoscopic surgical
skills training curriculum.
- Assessment of surgical simulation equipment for teaching
surgical trainees commenced in 2009 in South Australia and
subsequently at sites in Victoria, Western Australia, New South
Wales and most recently in Queensland.
- In addition, a mobile simulation vehicle was outfitted with
surgical simulators in 2010 to increase participation from
metropolitan Sydney and rural areas of NSW.
Assessing the effectiveness of the simulation training was
designed across 4 separated, but related, subsections:
- the acquisition and maintenance of skills
- low versus high fidelity simulation equipment
- surgical simulation versus traditional training
- the effect of fatigue on surgical simulation skills.
Participants included 5 cohorts:
- final year medical students
- postgraduate year
- Surgical Education and Training (SET) 1/2 Trainees
- experienced surgeons (5+ years).
The project used:
- a low fidelity simulator - Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery
(FLS), developed by SAGES USA
- a high fidelity simulator - LapSIM™, developed by Surgical
This research program ran over four years and
- produced a curriculum for laparoscopic simulation training for
use in the Australian health care system.
- research is continuing into simulation training support and
delivery to non traditional training positions utilising
Research, Audit and Academic Surgery Division
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