The science underpinning the training of surgeons for 21st century medicine

8 Jul 2016
Professors (left to right): Richard Satava MD, (University of Washington, Seattle), Anthony G Gallagher PhD, DSc (ASSERT Centre, University College Cork), Neal E Seymour (Dept of Surgery, Tufts University), Dana K Andersen MD (Scientific Program Manager, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH). Invited speakers at a recently organized NIH meeting NIDDK-NIBIB Workshop, Simulation Research in Gastrointestinal and Urologic Care: Challenges and Opportunities.

In a study published by the Journal of Surgical Education, on the 100 most cited articles in the area of surgical education Dr Anthony Gallagher, Director of Research at the ASSERT Centre, UCC achieved the greatest number of first author publications in the top 100, authored two of the top ten ranked articles including the number one cited paper “Virtual Reality Training improves Operating Room Performance”.

In total he co-authored eight of the top 100 articles and his publications underpinned three of the institutions he worked at (i.e., Queens University Belfast (UK), Yale University (USA) and Emory University (USA) being ranked in the the top 20 Institutions with the highest number of articles in the top 100.

The publication of this study coincides with the launch of a new M.Sc. programme in Technology Enhanced Learning for Health (TELH) at UCC. Professor Gallagher who is Program Director states “The MSc in TELH enables graduates to successfully design, develop, implement and evaluate effective healthcare education and training”. Trainees (no matter how senior) are required to train until they demonstrate a quantitatively defined proficiency benchmark which is based on the objectively assessed performance levels of experienced and proficient practitioners. Prospective, randomized and blinded clinical trials have demonstrated that this approach to training produces trainees with skill-sets that are significantly better (i.e., 40 to 69%) than conventional approaches to training. The science underpinning 21st century surgical simulation training ensures that training is more than an interesting educational experience.

For further details of the study please click the link below:

Surgical Education’s 100 Most Cited Articles: A Bibliometric Analysis

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