Home Surgical Skill Training Resources for Obstetrics and Gynecology Trainees during a Pandemic

Sarah Hoopes, Truce Pham, Fiona M. Lindo, Danielle D. Antosh

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has created a unique educational circumstance in which medical students, residents, and fellows find themselves with a gap in their surgical training. We reviewed the literature, and nine categories of resources were identified that may benefit trainees in preventing skill decay: laparoscopic box trainers, virtual reality trainers, homemade simulation models, video games, online surgical simulations, webinars, surgical videos, smartphone applications, and hobbies including mental imagery. We report data regarding effectiveness, limitations, skills incorporated, cost, accessibility, and feasibility. Although the cost and accessibility of these resources vary, they all may be considered in the design of remote surgical training curricula during this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-64
Number of pages9
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2020


  • Betacoronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Clinical Competence
  • Coronavirus Infections
  • Curriculum
  • Female
  • Gynecology/education
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency/methods
  • Laparoscopy/education
  • Obstetrics/education
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious/virology
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Simulation Training/methods
  • Teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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