Study: Simulator Training Transfers to OR Skills

Terry Stanton

Using simulators to enhance resident training is a strategy that many orthopaedic programs are investigating. But do proficiencies learned with a simulator transfer into skills during an actual surgery? A recent study published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (Nov. 5) seems to show that they do.

The study compared actual arthroscopic surgical skills between two groups of orthopaedic residents—one that underwent training on an arthroscopic knee simulator and a second that had conventional surgical instruction. According to author W. Dilworth Cannon, MD, and colleagues, the residents trained with the simulator performed significantly better in key measurement categories than those in the control group.

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