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Simulators in the training of surgeons: is it worth the investment in money and time? 2018 Jules Gonin lecture of the Retina Research Foundation

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  1. A presentation of culture-positive corneal donors and the effect on clinical outcomes

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  2. "Ant-egg" cataract revisited

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  3. 59 eyes with endogenous endophthalmitis- causes, outcomes and mortality in a Danish population between 2000 and 2016

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  4. Repeated subretinal surgery and removal of subretinal decalin is well tolerated - evidence from a porcine model

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  1. Decentralized virtual reality mastoidectomy simulation training: a prospective, mixed-methods study

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  2. Using virtual-reality simulation to ensure basic competence in hysteroscopy

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  3. Development and validation of a multiple-choice questionnaire-based theoretical test in direct ophthalmoscopy

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This paper describes transfer of skills obtained from training with the EyeSI virtual reality simulator of ophthalmic surgery to real-life surgical performance. Skills in real-life phacoemulsification surgery were assessed by systematic blinded evaluation of surgical videos based on the OSACCS system. Nineteen Danish cataract surgeons with varying clinical experience levels had their cataract surgery skills evaluated before and after completing a standardized mastery learning program on the EyeSI. It was found that transfer of skills could be demonstrated only for surgeons with a real-life experience of less than 75 completed, independent cases. We could not demonstrate transfer of skills from the EyeSI cataract module to the EyeSI vitreoretinal module, so each subspecialty seems to require specific training. Finally, the discriminative power of EyeSI simulation between emerging surgeons and experts was found to reside only in the first training sessions. The EyeSI simulator in its current state of development, and our implementation of it, seems to require further development before it can be used as a tool to select residents for surgical training and to re-certify more senior surgeons.

Original languageEnglish
JournalGraefe's archive for clinical and experimental ophthalmology = Albrecht von Graefes Archiv fur klinische und experimentelle Ophthalmologie
Volume257
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)877-881
Number of pages5
ISSN0721-832X
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Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • Cataract Extraction/education, Clinical Competence, Computer Simulation, Education, Medical, Graduate/methods, Humans, Internship and Residency/methods, Ophthalmology/education, Societies, Medical, Surgery, Computer-Assisted/education, User-Computer Interface

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