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“Top Gun” Competition: Motivation and Practice Narrows the Technical Skill Gap Among New Cardiothoracic Surgery Residents

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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Source Name: Annals of Thoracic Surgery


Daniel H. Enter, Richard Lee, James I. Fann, George L. Hicks Jr., Edward D. Verrier, Rebecca Mark, Xiaoying Lou, Nahush A. Mokadam

This multicenter study analyzes the utility of a "Top Gun" competition in promoting simulator use and improving technical skills among 1st-year CT Surgery residents.  A coronary anastomosis simulation module was sent to most 1st-year residents in the U.S.  Fifteen residents submitted baseline and final videos for evaluation.  Most residents improved their technical skills as rated by faculty.  The highest 5 scores were invited to participate in a live "Top Gun" competition at the AATS meeting.  Clearly, simulator use will be a useful adjunct for training CT surgery residents.  Unfortunately, resident engagement has not always met expectations.  Will the introduction of a competitive environment--the "Top Gun" battle--serve to engage residents further?

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