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Explore this issue:January 2013
Simulator Training Can Accelerate Resident Learning
Does use of an endoscopic sinus surgery simulator improve performance of surgical trainees?
Background: Surgical training has traditionally been based upon the tenets of “watch one, do one, teach one,” in which residents learn through participation in the management of patients. This study was undertaken to determine whether use of a simulator could accelerate learning.
Study design: A group of 14 otolaryngology residents and six attending surgeons participated. Trainees performing a limited number of sinus surgery procedures in patients were compared with those using the simulator. The surgical tasks that were completed were videotaped. The control group assisted in two additional endoscopic sinus surgery cases, while the experimental group worked with a simulator.