Impact of a structured surgical curriculum on ophthalmic resident cataract surgery complication rates

Gina M. Rogers, Thomas A. Oetting, Andrew G. Lee, Connie Grignon, Emily Greenlee, A. Tim Johnson, Hilary A. Beaver, Keith Carter

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Abstract

Purpose: To determine whether institution of a structured surgical curriculum for ophthalmology residents decreased the rate of sentinel surgical complications. Setting: Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa, USA. Methods: A retrospective review was performed of third-year ophthalmic resident quality-assurance surgical outcomes data at a single residency-training site from 1998 to 2008. The primary outcome measure was defined as a sentinel event; that is, a posterior capsule tear (with or without vitreous loss) or vitreous loss (from any cause) occurring during a resident-performed case. The study population was divided into 2 groups. Group 1 comprised surgical cases of residents trained before the surgical curriculum change (academic years 1998 to 2003) and Group 2, surgical cases of residents trained with the enhanced curriculum (academic years 2004 to 2008). Data from 1 year (academic year 2003 to 2004) were excluded because the transition to the enhanced curriculum occurred during that period. The data were analyzed and adjusted for surgical experience. Results: In Group 1 (before institution of surgical curriculum), there were 823 cases with 59 sentinel complications. In Group 2 (after institution of surgical curriculum), there were 1009 cases with 38 sentinel complications. There was a statistically significant reduction in the sentinel complication rate, from 7.17% before the curriculum changes to 3.77% with the enhanced curriculum (P = .001, unpaired 2-tailed t test). Conclusion: Implementation of a structured surgical curriculum resulted in a statistically significant reduction in sentinel event complications, even after adjusting for surgical experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1956-1960
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Volume35
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems

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