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The Congenital Heart Technical Skill Study: Rationale and Design
Anderson and colleagues present the rationale and design for a peer-evaluation protocol of congenital heart surgeon technical skill using direct video observation. All attending surgeons who contribute data to The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Database (STS-CHSD) are invited to submit their own surgical videos, to rate peers, or both. Videos are rated anonymously using the Objective Structured Assessment of Technical Skills score. Ratings are linked to the STS-CHSD and surgeon questionnaires. Over a quarter of US congenital heart surgeons have agreed to participate, and recruitment is ongoing.