Overview of Research at PLSC

The research of PLSC initially focused on the administration of the SIMPL multi-institutional trial. Funded by the American Board of Surgery (ABS) and 14 academic medical centers across the United States we collected data on surgical resident operative performance evaluations between July 2015 and December 2016.

In April 2017 the data were shared with ABS and presented at the 137th annual meeting of the American Surgical Association. The main results of the study will be published in Annals of Surgery in the near future.

Other recent publications by members of PLSC demonstrate their commitment and expertise in the area of surgical performance assessment.

PLSC is now working on a follow-up project of the initial SIMPL trial with the goal to provide a solid data-driven underpinning for resident assessment. The planned changes in post-graduate surgical education towards milestones, entrusted professional activities and proficiency assessment will require a reliable, convenient and valid platform to provide real-time assessments of workplace performance.