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Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary Cataract Surgery Trainer teaches residents cataract surgery
Date:2/2/2010

include allowing learners to practice the cognitive skills involved in cataract surgery and view the consequences of their surgical decision making in a safe, computer simulated environment. In addition, The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Cataract Surgery Trainer allows residents to practice surgery at any time, without the need of a teacher or instructor being present. Ultimately, these benefits will be passed on to the patient. To take a look at The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Cataract Surgery Trainer for yourself and view a demonstration, visit http://www.gnaritas.com/.

To test the effectiveness of The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Cataract Surgery Trainer program, a prospective, multi-center, single-masked, controlled trial was conducted using medical residents in the ophthalmology departments of seven academic institutions. Residents were randomized into two groups. One group received a video disc of The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Cataract Surgery Trainer program in addition to traditional teaching in their residency program, while the other group received written teaching materials in addition to traditional teaching. Both groups took online anonymous pretests and posttests, as well as answering satisfaction questionnaires.

Results showed that there were no differences in pretest scores between the two groups. However, the group provided with The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Cataract Surgery Trainer program scored significantly higher on their posttests. In addition, the mean difference between pretest and posttest scores for The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Cataract Surgery Trainer group was significantly better than in group that did not use The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Cataract Surgery Trainer. Residents responding to questionnaires reported using The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Cataract Surgery Trainer as being "more fun," as well as reporting that they were more likely to use a
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Contact: Vannessa Carrington
vannessa_carrington@meei.harvard.edu
617-573-3341
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
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