Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition study will be focused on medical students naive to surgical robotics
Treatment surgical simulation practice modules
Sponsor George Washington University
Start date December 2015
End date March 2016
Trial size 36 participants
Trial identifier NCT02895347, 111547

Summary

The goal of our project is to define the optimal learning environment and protocol for dvSS® simulation activities using medical students as robotic-naïve research participants.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking single blind (investigator)
Arm
(No Intervention)
Participants in the Control Group (CG) were asked to attend an orientation reviewing the study. Three weeks later they returned and were filmed timed completing a suturing activity on the porcine model.
(Experimental)
Participants in the Experimental Group (EG) were asked to attend an orientation reviewing the study. Then they were instructed to complete 4 activities on the dvSS ® that modeled suturing techniques in minimally invasive robotics-assisted surgery. EG participants repeated these 4 activities over a period of 2 weeks until they reached proficiency (91%) in all 4 activities. 4. Participants were asked to return where they were filmed and timed completing a suturing activity on the porcine model.
surgical simulation practice modules
The surgical simulation practice modules simulate surgical settings for suturing.

Primary Outcomes

Measure
Quality of suturing
time frame: Three weeks after orientation
Amount time to suture
time frame: Three weeks after orientation
Amount of time to achieve proficiency
time frame: assessed after the orientation and prior to the three week date for the final suturing assessment

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants of any age.

Inclusion Criteria: - medical & physician assistant students at George Washington University with no prior experience using a surgical robot Exclusion Criteria: - medical & physician assistant students at George Washington University with prior experience using a surgical robot - students not enrolled in the medical or physician assistant program at George Washington University

Additional Information

Official title Proficiency Based Robotics Training Curriculum: Skill Acquisition & Transferability of Skills
Description The goal of our project is to define the optimal learning environment and protocol for dvSS® simulation activities using medical students as robotic-naïve research participants. We propose to accomplish this goal through the following aims: Specific Aim #1: to investigate the total training time and the total number of repetitions required for participants to achieve proficiency (as defined on the dvSS® as 91%) for each of the selected exercises in selected dVSS activities. Specific Aim #2: to measure the transferability of skills acquired through a robotic simulation to live porcine models compared to nonintervention controls. Our study will compare the effect of training with the dVSS to similar nonintervention controls by grading a suturing procedure on a live porcine model. Findings generated from this study will provide new insight into the efficacy of the dVSS as a simulation- based training tool for medical practitioners. Collectively, this work will build upon the narrow knowledge base on how to develop a nationally accredited simulation-based robotics curriculum. Our study undoubtedly furthers the GWU SMHS mission of education, research, and healing. The study seeks to understand the learning curve students can achieve by simulation-based training and then to directly apply that training to a safe in vivo model in order to determine training interventions that can inform a robotic curriculum both locally at GWU and throughout the country. Additionally, our study is innovative in that it is the first of its kind to correlate skills acquired on a robotic-simulation gynecology based tool to a live porcine model. Our study seeks to enhance the current GWU GYN robotics- curriculum and assist with the development of a specific curriculum within the next year. Although our immediate goal is for planning toward a gynecology robotic curriculum, results of this study could also inform development of robotic programs in other disciplines such as general surgery and urology. Considering, the limited development of simulation-based robotics curriculum, further refining the curriculum would allow GWU to continue "to be globally recognized as a medical center that embraces the challenge of…transforming health care, and expanding research to enrich and improve the lives of those we serve." It also serves to "leverage the SMHS brand to enhance opportunities for recognition, distinction..& marketing." Preparing a generation of well-trained and confident gynecologic surgeons will allow us to provide safe care to women.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in September 2016.
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