Simulation training improves resident performance in operative hysteroscopic resection techniques

Elizabeth R. Burchard, Ernest G. Lockrow, Christopher M. Zahn, Susan G. Dunlow, Andrew J. Satin

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine whether a simulated training scenario improved resident performance in operative hysteroscopic resection. Study Design: An interventional cohort study evaluated the ability of a hysteroscopic simulation model to improve resident performance in hysteroscopy. Residents were evaluated on operative hysteroscopy before training and at 1 and 6 months after training. Two physician graders, who were blinded to training status, evaluated the residents' performances. Statistical analyses included the χ2 and the t test, as appropriate. Results: Hysteroscopic simulation training was associated with a reduction in operative times (11.8 minutes vs 7.4 minutes; P < .001) and resection times (4.3 minutes vs 2.4 minutes; P < .007) 1 month after training. At 6 months, total operative times were greater compared with those measured at 1 month, but resection times differed minimally. The total number of questions regarding hysteroscopic knowledge that were answered correctly increased from 15 to 26 (P < .001). Conclusion: Training that used a simulation hysteroscopic model improved resident performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)542.e1-542.e4
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • hysteroscopy
  • resection
  • simulation training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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