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THORACOSCOPIC COMPUTER SIMULATION VERSUS BOX TRAINER: WHICH IS MOST SUCCESSFUL IN RESIDENT TRAINING? FREE TO VIEW

Daniel R. Watson; C. J. Szlag, MD; Joshua Grosshandler, MD
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Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH


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Chest. 2009;136(4_MeetingAbstracts):139S-c-140S. doi:10.1378/chest.136.4_MeetingAbstracts.139S-c
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PURPOSE:  Thoracoscopic training lends itself poorly to apprenticeship models for resident training. Virtual reality (VR) simulators now have the potential to replace traditional methods of such training. The aim of this study was to compare the VR simulator with the classical box trainer and determine whether one has advantages over the other.

METHODS:  Thirty Six novices were tested to determine their baseline thoracoscopic skills and then randomized into the following three groups: VR simulator, box trainer, and no training (control). After 3 weekly training sessions lasting 30-min each, all subjects were reassessedvia a standard task course. Assessment included motion analysis and error counts. Nonparametric tests were applied, and p < 0.05 was deemed significant.

RESULTS:  Both trained groups made significant improvements in all parameters measured (p < 0.05). Compared to the controls, the box trainer group performed significantly better on the motion analysis parameters, whereas the VR simulator group performed significantly better on all parameters. There were no significant differences between the VR simulator and box trainer groups.

CONCLUSION:  VR simulation is effective in teaching skills that are transferable to a real thoracoscopic task. However, there appear to be no substantial advantages of one system over the other.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS:  Thoracoscopic training lends itself poorly to apprenticeship models for resident training. Virtual reality (VR) simulators now have the potential to replace traditional methods of such training.

DISCLOSURE:  Daniel Watson, No Financial Disclosure Information; No Product/Research Disclosure Information

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM


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