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Successful Implementation of an OB/GYN Resident FLS Training Curriculum
Purpose: To describe the implementation of an ob/gyn resident
Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) training curriculum
Background: Beginning in May 2020, all ob/gyn graduating residents
will be required to successfully complete the FLS program as a prerequisite for
specialty board certification.
Methods: Between January 2017 – April 2018, 36 ob/gyn residents
participated in the BCM FLS curriculum. The curriculum consisted of six
3-hour faculty supervised gynecologic simulation sessions, 24/7 individual
access to the simulation lab, proctored voluntary one-on-one sessions, and a
final mock FLS session. Participants were followed with attendance
sign-in sheets to gauge number and time involved in all sessions.
Residents completed evaluation forms after each simulation session.
Descriptive statistics were utilized to determine the average/range of
the number and time involved in the practices sessions, between PGY levels and
FLS pass rates.
Results: All 36 ob/gyn residents successfully completed FLS
certification on the first attempt. In addition to the mandatory
sessions, residents required an average of 8.64 independent practice sessions
(range 3-22) lasting an average 72 minutes/session. Approximately 688
minutes (range 235 – 1357 minutes) of independent practice were required to
pass the FLS exam. Many residents felt that the curriculum gave them
adequate support to succeed on the exam and stated that one of the most
valuable components of the curriculum were proctored teaching
Discussions: With a dedicated curriculum and proctored teaching, residents
in obstetrics and gynecology can successfully pass the FLS certification exam
with their initial test.
Minimally Invasive Surgery, Simulation, GME, Medical Knowledge, Residency Coordinator, Residency Director, Faculty, Resident, 2019, CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting,