Frankfurt microsurgery course: the first 175 trainees

Introduction: Microsurgery courses, taught external to surgical training programs, are essential for acquiring the high level of technical skill required for clinical proficiency.
Methods: The Frankfurt microsurgery cou
Introduction: Microsurgery courses, taught external to surgical training programs, are essential for acquiring the high level of technical skill required for clinical proficiency.
Methods: The Frankfurt microsurgery course is a 5-day, intensive course that teaches arterial and venous anastomosis using end-to-end, end-to-side, one-way-up, continuous-suture, and vessel graft techniques. During the course, the instructor records the level of skill (in-course data) achieved by each trainee by assessing anastomosis completion and patency. Demographic information is also collected. Post-course trainees are invited to complete an online survey (post-course data) to get their opinions of the courses’ effectiveness.
Results: The in-course “skill achievement” and post-course “course effectiveness” data are presented below. In-course data: 94.8 and 59.9% of participants completed patent end-to-end arterial and venous anastomoses, respectively, while 85.4% performed a patent end-to-side anastomosis. 96.1 and 57.1% of participants who attempted arterial and venous anastomoses using the one-way-up technique were successful, as were 90.9% of those attempting continuous-suture technique. Patent venous grafts were performed by 54.7% of participants.
Post-course data: All respondents indicated significant improvement of their microsurgical skills after taking the course. 66.7% of respondents considered the full-time presence of the instructor to be the most valuable aspect of the course. All respondents would highly recommend the course to colleagues.
Conclusion: The microcourse significantly increased trainees’ clinical microsurgery skills, confidence, and the number of clinical cases they perform. Of all the anastomosis techniques taught, venous anastomosis and grafting were the most difficult to learn. The presence of a full-time experienced instructor was most important.
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Author:Gustavo Perez-Abadia, M. Janko, Lukas Pindur, Michael Sauerbier, John Howard Barker, Irving Joshua, Ingo Marzi, Johannes Frank
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30:3-450897
DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00068-016-0759-1
ISSN:1863-9941
ISSN:1863-9933
Parent Title (German):European journal of trauma and emergency surgery
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Year of Completion:2017
Date of first Publication:2017/02/04
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2017/11/20
Tag:Education; Evaluation in microsurgery ; Frankfurt microsurgery course; Microsurgery; Skills; Training
Volume:4
Issue:3
Pagenumber:10
First Page:377
Last Page:386
HeBIS PPN:427941024
Institutes:Medizin
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Sammlungen:Universitätspublikationen
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0

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