Assessing the skills of surgical residents using simulation

J Surg Educ. 2008 Mar-Apr;65(2):77-83. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2007.11.003.


Much is still to be learned about the assessment of simulation-based surgical skills training. However, assessing surgery skills through simulation is a new horizon in medical education. Providing a safe environment for surgical residents to assess their performance rigorously without placing patients in jeopardy is valuable. Using simulators (both warm and cold) as a means to assess trainees has been established. However, also problems concerning the validity and reliability of such simulation-based assessment tools exist, particularly in surgery, that may need to be investigated even more to decide whether to use them as a tool for assessing the performance of surgical residents.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence
  • Computer Simulation
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / methods*
  • Educational Measurement*
  • General Surgery / education*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency / methods
  • Models, Educational
  • Patient Simulation
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative / education*
  • User-Computer Interface