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New York surgical patients and orthopedic training methods

A recent study at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine investigated the most effective methods of assessing the operating skills of orthopedic surgeons in training. Researchers found that assessing students according to their mistakes as well as their adherence to operational checklists was more effective than using checklists alone.

Checklists of procedural steps are a good way to measure the technical skills of surgical residents. However, one Johns Hopkins professor claims that they are not adequate when used alone. Instead, the professor recommends the joint use of operational checklists and a pass-fail system used to assess the mistakes residents make when performing procedures. The study involved residents who used cadavers to test skills in a safe environment.

Under the current surgical skill assessment system, residents do not often receive formal feedback about their errors. The study's aim was to promote a better understanding of the mistakes residents make as well as their strengths. The research team used an adapted version of the Objective Structured Assessment of Technical Skills for students doing shoulder repair surgical procedures. Residents were assessed according to the OSATS as well as the mistakes they made during the cadaver procedures.

Surgical errors can lead to lifelong medical issues or even fatal consequences. From the failure to obtain consent to sponges left behind in patients, there are a variety of surgical errors that may result in serious physical and emotional damages. A lawyer might be able to help injured patients obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages, lost earning potential and pain and suffering caused by a poorly executed surgery.

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