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Surgical skill acquisition with self-directed practice using computer-based video training

Surgical skill acquisition with self-directed practice using computer-based video training

American Journal of Surgery 193(2): 237-242

Computer-based video training (CBVT) provides flexible opportunities for surgical trainees to learn fundamental technical skills, but may be ineffective in self-directed practice settings because of poor trainee self-assessment. This study examined whether CBVT is effective in a self-directed learning environment among novice trainees. Thirty novice trainees used CBVT to learn the 1-handed square knot while self-assessing their proficiency every 3 minutes. On reaching self-assessed skill proficiency, trainees were randomized to either cease practice or to complete additional practice. Performance was evaluated with computer and expert-based measures during practice and on pretests, posttests, and 1-week retention tests. Analyses revealed performance improvements for both groups (all P < .05), but no differences between the 2 groups (all P > .05) on all tests. CBVT for the 1-handed square knot is effective in a self-directed learning environment among novices. This lends support to the implementation of self-directed digital media-based learning within surgical curricula.

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PMID: 17236854

DOI: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2006.11.003

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