A surgical skills laboratory improves residents' knowledge and performance of episiotomy repair

Erika Banks, Setul Pardanani, Mary King, Scott Chudnoff, Karla Damus, Margaret Comerford Freda

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Abstract

Objective: This study was undertaken to assess whether a surgical skills laboratory improves residents' knowledge and performance of episiotomy repair. Study design: Twenty-four first- and second-year residents were randomly assigned to either a surgical skills laboratory on episiotomy repair or traditional teaching alone. Pre- and posttests assessed basic knowledge. Blinded attending physicians assessed performance, evaluating residents on second-degree laceration/episiotomy repairs in the clinical setting with 3 validated tools: a task-specific checklist, global rating scale, and a pass-fail grade. Results: Postgraduate year 1 (PGY-1) residents participating in the laboratory scored significantly better on all 3 surgical assessment tools: the checklist, the global score, and the pass/fail analysis. All the residents who had the teaching laboratory demonstrated significant improvements on knowledge and the skills checklist. PGY-2 residents did not benefit as much as PGY-1 residents. Conclusion: A surgical skills laboratory improved residents' knowledge and performance in the clinical setting. Improvement was greatest for PGY-1 residents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1463-1467
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume195
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2006

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Keywords

  • Episiotomy repair
  • Resident education
  • Surgical skills laboratory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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