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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 sessions.  

Discussions: With a dedicated curriculum and proctored teaching, residents in obstetrics and gynecology can successfully pass the FLS certification exam with their initial test. 

Topics: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Simulation, GME, Medical Knowledge, Residency Coordinator, Residency Director, Faculty, Resident, 2019, CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting,

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Intended
Audience
Resident,Faculty,Residency Director,Residency Coordinator,
Competencies
Addressed
Medical Knowledge,
Educational
Continuum
GME,
Educational
Focus
Simulation,
Clinical Focus
Minimally Invasive Surgery,

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Celestine Tung, MD, MPH, Baylor College of Medicine; Biba Nijjar, MD, MPH, MEd; Nilson Salas, MD; Eboni Lewis, B.Sc, LAT; Susan Leong-Kee, MD; Charles Kilpatrick, MD, MEd

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