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First urology simulation boot camp in the United Kingdom

First urology simulation boot camp in the United Kingdom
First urology simulation boot camp in the United Kingdom
Objective

Simulation is now firmly established in modern surgical training and is applicable not only to acquiring surgical skills but also to non-surgical skills and professionalism. A 5-day intensive Urology Simulation Boot Camp was run to teach emergency procedural skills, clinical reasoning, and communication skills using clinical scenario simulations, endoscopic and laparoscopic trainers. This paper reports the educational value of this first urology boot camp.

Subjects and methods

Sixteen urology UK trainees completed pre-course questionnaires on their operative experience and confidence level in common urological procedures. The course included seven modules covering basic scrotal procedures, laparoscopic skills, ureteroscopy, transurethral resection of the prostate and bladder tumour, green light laser prostatectomy, familiarisation with common endoscopic equipment, bladder washout to remove clots, bladder botox injection, setting up urodynamics. Emergency urological conditions were managed using scenarios on SimMan®. The main focus of the course was hands-on training using animal models, bench-top models and virtual reality simulators. Post-course assessment and feedback on the course structure and utility of knowledge gained together with a global outcome score was collected.

Results

Overall all the sections of feedback received score of over 4.5/5, with the hands-on training on simulators getting the best score 4.8/5. When trainees were asked “The training has equipped me with enhanced knowledge, understanding and skills,” the average score was 4.9/5.0. The vast majority of participants felt they would recommend the boot camp to future junior trainees.

Conclusion

This first UK Urology Simulation Boot Camp has demonstrated feasibility and effectiveness in enhancing trainee’s experience. Given these positive feedbacks there is a good reason to expect that future courses will improve the overall skills of a new urology trainee.
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Biyani, C.S., Hanchanale, V., Rajpal, S., Jain, S., Garthwaite, M., Cartledge, J., Somani, B., Cornford, P., Gowda, B., Koenig, P., Reeves, F., Rogawski, K., Myatt, A., Eardley, I. and Terry, T. (2017) First urology simulation boot camp in the United Kingdom. African Journal of Urology, 23 (3), 258-267. (doi:10.1016/j.afju.2017.03.002).

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Abstract

Objective

Simulation is now firmly established in modern surgical training and is applicable not only to acquiring surgical skills but also to non-surgical skills and professionalism. A 5-day intensive Urology Simulation Boot Camp was run to teach emergency procedural skills, clinical reasoning, and communication skills using clinical scenario simulations, endoscopic and laparoscopic trainers. This paper reports the educational value of this first urology boot camp.

Subjects and methods

Sixteen urology UK trainees completed pre-course questionnaires on their operative experience and confidence level in common urological procedures. The course included seven modules covering basic scrotal procedures, laparoscopic skills, ureteroscopy, transurethral resection of the prostate and bladder tumour, green light laser prostatectomy, familiarisation with common endoscopic equipment, bladder washout to remove clots, bladder botox injection, setting up urodynamics. Emergency urological conditions were managed using scenarios on SimMan®. The main focus of the course was hands-on training using animal models, bench-top models and virtual reality simulators. Post-course assessment and feedback on the course structure and utility of knowledge gained together with a global outcome score was collected.

Results

Overall all the sections of feedback received score of over 4.5/5, with the hands-on training on simulators getting the best score 4.8/5. When trainees were asked “The training has equipped me with enhanced knowledge, understanding and skills,” the average score was 4.9/5.0. The vast majority of participants felt they would recommend the boot camp to future junior trainees.

Conclusion

This first UK Urology Simulation Boot Camp has demonstrated feasibility and effectiveness in enhancing trainee’s experience. Given these positive feedbacks there is a good reason to expect that future courses will improve the overall skills of a new urology trainee.

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Accepted/In Press date: 13 March 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 12 August 2017
Published date: 1 September 2017

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Local EPrints ID: 420112
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/420112
ISSN: 1110-5704
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Date deposited: 27 Apr 2018 16:30
Last modified: 16 Dec 2019 18:16

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Author: C.S. Biyani
Author: V. Hanchanale
Author: S. Rajpal
Author: S. Jain
Author: M. Garthwaite
Author: J. Cartledge
Author: B. Somani
Author: P. Cornford
Author: B. Gowda
Author: P. Koenig
Author: F. Reeves
Author: K. Rogawski
Author: A. Myatt
Author: I. Eardley
Author: T. Terry

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