Computer-enhanced visual learning method: a paradigm to teach and document surgical skills

Maizels, M.; Mickelson, J.; Yerkes, E.; Maizels, E.; Stork, R.; Young, C.; Corcoran, J.; Holl, J.; Kaplan, W. E.

J Grad Med Educ. 2009 Sep 1; 1(1):109-13

Abstract

INNOVATION: Changes in health care are stimulating residency training programs to develop new methods for teaching surgical skills. We developed Computer-Enhanced Visual Learning (CEVL) as an innovative Internet-based learning and assessment tool. The CEVL method uses the educational procedures of deliberate practice and performance to teach and learn surgery in a stylized manner. AIM OF INNOVATION: CEVL is a learning and assessment tool that can provide students and educators with quantitative feedback on learning a specific surgical procedure. Methods involved examine quantitative data of improvement in surgical skills. Herein, we qualitatively describe the method and show how program directors (PDs) may implement this technique in their residencies. RESULTS: CEVL allows an operation to be broken down into teachable components. The process relies on feedback and remediation to improve performance, with a focus on learning that is applicable to the next case being performed. CEVL has been shown to be effective for teaching pediatric orchiopexy and is being adapted to additional adult and pediatric procedures and to office examination skills. The CEVL method is available to other residency training programs.

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