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There Is an APP for That: Vaginal Hysterectomy

Purpose: To create an instructional app which includes medical knowledge, procedural steps and assessments based on the ACOG curriculum for vaginal hysterectomy.

Background: Vaginal hysterectomy is the evidence based medicine route of choice when feasible.  Significant challenges exist in teaching this procedure due to lack of simulation training, proper assessment of specific techniques and timely instruction prior to performing the procedure.  There is also considerable variation in how cases are tracked and assessments of technique are done.

Methods: Key features/contents of the application include:  1) ACOG curriculum for vaginal hysterectomy, 2) a complete step by step live and simulated surgical video tutorial, 3) a procedural step by step assessment (10 steps-- 0-10 score), 4) a global surgical rating scale (7 metrics), and 5) a knowledge based assessment (4 metrics, 0-4 scale). 

Results: The data captured on the app can be accessed via IPAD and iPhone mobile devices and is verified by Apple.  The evaluations can be directly emailed to any database.

Discussions: A comprehensive instructional surgery app coupled with real time assessment will provide greater learning efficiency and will more effectively improve surgical skills.  This app has the potential to standardize surgical evaluation in the operating room and provide a more efficient method to track surgeon competency using ACOG guidelines.  The assessment is currently employed by the ACOG Simulation Consortium Working group during vaginal hysterectomy simulation and is part of a surgical simulation course which certified by the ABOG for MOC credits.

Topics: CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2018, Resident, Faculty, Clerkship Director, Osteopathic Faculty, Residency Director, Residency Coordinator, Medical Knowledge, Systems-Based Practice & Improvement, Practice-Based Learning & Improvement, GME, Assessment, Simulation, Lecture, Minimally Invasive Surgery,

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Resident,Faculty,Clerkship Director,Osteopathic Faculty,Residency Director,Residency Coordinator,
Medical Knowledge,Systems-Based Practice & Improvement,Practice-Based Learning & Improvement,
Clinical Focus
Minimally Invasive Surgery,

Author Information

Doug Miyazaki, MD, Wake Forest University

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