Clinical Challenges in Surgical Education: Competency-Based Education

EP. 520Aug. 22, 202240:13
Surgical Education
Surgical Education
Surgical training is evolving, and with advancing surgical techniques, the traditional “time-served” model of residency may not best serve the needs of our learners or patients.  In this episode, we discuss recent efforts at the Indiana University surgical education program to implement a comprehensive laparoscopic cholecystectomy that utilizes all of the best practices of competency-based education.  We’re joined by first author Dr. Betsy Huffman, along with her mentors Drs. Jennifer Choi, Matthew Ritter, and Dimitrios Stefanidis for a practical review of their pioneering work. 

Learning Objectives:
·       Review challenges to the current paradigm of surgical education
·       Define competency-based education
·       Discuss practical challenges facing surgical educators when implementing new curricula

A competency-based laparoscopic cholecystectomy curriculum significantly improves
general surgery residents’ operative performance and decreases skill variability – 

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