Abstract

Background: Surgical videos allow residents to prepare for the operating room. We sought to determine if a video-based curriculum improves resident participation during robot-assisted surgery. Methods: We created a video-based surgical curriculum by providing residents with narrated videos of similar cases before participating in the operating room. We obtained information about the average monthly viewings of cases and the total monthly time spent viewing cases. We surveyed the residents after a year of the program. In addition, we used software to track the amount of time the resident spent controlling the robot during the case. We assessed the amount of time the resident had control of the robot for their first robot-assisted hiatal hernia repair of the month with a dual console for 13 months before and after implementing the curriculum. Results: A total of 43 videos were made for the video-based curriculum. On average, 37 videos were viewed during the month, with residents spending 16 hours per month viewing the videos. Twenty residents (83%) completed the survey. 90% of the residents often or always watched the video before surgery. All residents felt videos were better than books to prepare for surgery (100%). Residents thought that the videos helped them prepare for surgery: understanding surgical anatomy (95%), the cognitive aspect of the surgery (95%), and the technical part of surgery (100%). Analysis of the resident console time of the first robot-assisted hiatal hernia repair of the month showed a significant increase in the amount of time the resident participated in the case from 11% to 48% (P<0.001). Conclusions: Video-based curriculum was a valuable tool for residents to prepare for surgical cases. Video-based curriculum significantly increases resident participation during robot-assisted thoracic surgery. Adopting this strategy will improve the resident training experience. A video-based curriculum should be adopted in surgical education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4641-4649
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Thoracic Disease
Volume14
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2022

Keywords

  • Video-based curriculum
  • resident curriculum
  • surgical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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