02 Feb

Drafting the Surgical Education "Research Roadmap"

Posted by: Brian George
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On January 22nd, 2018, the members of the Procedural Learning and Safety Collaborative co-hosted a symposium with the American Board of Surgery, the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education, the Association of Program Directors in Surgery, and the Resident Review Committee for Surgery titled: “Performance, Assessment, and Patient Safety:  Defining the Roadmap for Quality Improvement in Surgical Education.” Participants included representatives the hosting organizations, general surgery residency program directors, faculty, residents, surgery department chairs and psychometricians working in the field of surgical education.

The goal of the symposium was to develop and prioritize surgical education research topics that could be pursued by the Procedural Learning and Safety Collaborative members.

Symposium attendees spent the first half of the day discussing and ranking possible research ideas, including ideas originally proposed by Stefanidis et al in 2015.  The six top-ranked research questions were developed into complete research proposals by small break-out groups during the second half of the day.  Each draft proposal was then pitched in a “shark tank” format to the entire group.

The top six research questions were, in order:

  1. What faculty development tools can be developed to enhance appropriate resident supervision?
  2. How do surgical residents impact the safety, quality, efficiency, and cost of surgical services within their hospitals?
  3. What is a “competent” surgeon?
  4. Which are the best methods to assess resident performance and competence (intraoperative and clinical, procedural and cognitive)?
  5. What are the most effective methods to improve faculty teaching ability and promote interest in teaching?
  6. What are the performance criteria a resident has to meet to be considered competent and before independent practice is allowed?


As the next step, the Procedural Learning and Safety Collaborative will convene working groups to further explore each of these important questions—and turn our time in Chicago into high impact improvements in the quality of surgical education.

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22 Sep

Annals of Surgery Visual Abstract

Posted by: Brian George
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Annals of Surgery Visual Abstract

Published 9/22/2017

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21 Apr

SIMPL Study Data Presented at the Annual Meeting of ASA

Posted by: Andreas H Meier
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On 4/21/2017 Dr Brian George, representing PLSC, presented some of the major findings of the SIMPL study at the 137th annual meeting of the American Surgical Association. His presentation was met with significant interest from members of this organization that represents the academic leaders of surgery in the United States.

20 Apr

PLSC presents the SIMPL Study Results to the American Board of Surgery

Posted by: Andreas H Meier
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In January 2015, the American Board of Surgery (ABS) agreed to fund a multi-institutional research study to test the SIMPL application as a real-time assessment tool for intraoperative performance of General Surgery residents. PLSC was able to recruit a total of 14 programs across the United States to participate, and the data collection phase of the trial ended in December 2016.

On Thursday, 4/20/2017 Dr Brian George, representing PLSC, shared the main findings of the trial with the ABS Executive committee. The results are thought provoking and suggest that even though our current way of educating general surgeons leads to overall acceptable results, it seems time to rethink some of the fundamentals how this education is currently structured. Members of the ABS were impressed by the large amount of data that were collected and by the sophistication of the data analysis.