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December 2011

CCC 2011: Simulator Practice Improves Surgical Skills

In a featured research presentation, surgical resident Dr. Joel Price discussed the use of a low-tech simulator to give trainee surgeons after-hours practice time to hone their technique. Surgical skills are usually learned directly on patients in the OR, but a variety of evolving issues are making this approach insufficient. These include the increasing complexity of procedures, restrictions on the number of hours that trainees can be required to work and an ever-more litigious society.