16 Mar

Documenting Readiness for Unsupervised Practice

Posted by: Debra DaRosa
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Surgeons in teaching hospitals are challenged with balancing their responsibility to patients for ensuring optimal operative outcomes, and their responsibility to prepare residents for independent practice.  Overseeing quality of care and supervising residents is further complicated by shortened resident duty hours, emphasis on operating room cost efficiency, as well as surgeon clinical productivity. These forces reduce time critical for teaching and honing residents’ operative skills and judgment.1  As noted in a  monograph published by the Josiah Macy Foundation, the development of essential skills  is delayed if learners are not afforded sufficient independence or authority for patient care.  The monograph reiterates the concerns of program directors and faculty that residents do not receive sufficient opportunity to act independently in the current teaching environment and are less prepared for practice.  These concerns were most strenuously expressed with procedure-based specialties.2  

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02 Jan

PLSC is born!

Posted by: Brian George
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Views: 2030

We are excited to announce the formation of Procedural Learning and Safety Collaborative (PLSC)!  This is the first non-profit exclusively dedicated to improving the evaluation and training of residents in the procedural specialities.

Initially composed of surgical educators from Northwestern University, Indiana University, and Massachusetts General Hospital, we welcome new research collaborators and/or those who want to become more involved in the organization itself.  Our primary focus right now is to finish the development and then the launch of our smart-phone based evaluation system called SIMPL:  System for Improving and Measuring Procedural Learning.  We anticipate beginning beta testing at one of the founding institutions in the spring of 2015, with national launch to immediately follow.  At the same time we are actively fundraising and building out or organizational capacity.  On the research front we have several projects in the design phase, including a multi-institutional trial that we are planning to do in collaboration with the American Board of Surgery.

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