Clinical anatomy and surgical skills training (CASST): development of a multicenter, multidisciplinary program

Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2006 Dec;195(6):1789-93. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2006.07.013.

Abstract

Objective: The aim of this program was to develop a multicenter, multidisciplinary anatomy and surgical skills training program for junior residents in obstetrics and gynecology and urology.

Study design: After administering a needs assessment, we developed a collaborative clinical anatomy and surgical skills training program for junior residents in obstetrics and gynecology and urology at 3 academic medical centers in Chicago.

Results: Thirty-two residents participated in the program. Needs assessment results indicated that all residents felt they could benefit by more formal training in basic surgical skills. Learning objectives were developed for each of the 5 3-hour sessions that dealt with basic surgical skills, anterior abdominal wall anatomy, opening and closing the abdomen, female pelvic anatomy, and perineal anatomy and laceration repair. The cost of training each of the residents was approximately 600 dollars. Forty-five percent of the costs were one-time "start-up" costs for abdominal trainers and surgical instruments.

Conclusion: By including multiple centers and disciplines, we were able to reduce costs of teaching basic surgical skills and anatomy and maximize faculty teaching time and effort.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen / anatomy & histology
  • Abdomen / surgery
  • Academic Medical Centers*
  • Anatomy / education*
  • Cost Control
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Education / economics
  • Female
  • Goals
  • Gynecologic Surgical Procedures / education*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Lacerations / surgery
  • Needs Assessment
  • Obstetric Surgical Procedures / education*
  • Pelvis / anatomy & histology
  • Pelvis / surgery
  • Perineum / anatomy & histology
  • Perineum / injuries
  • Perineum / surgery
  • Program Evaluation
  • Teaching
  • Urologic Surgical Procedures / education*