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Bronchoscopy Skills Acquired Faster With Simulation Training

Last Updated: May 10, 2010.

The rate at which bronchoscopy skills are learned can be enhanced by certain educational interventions, and these skills can be evaluated via performance-based metrics, according to research published in the May issue of Chest.

MONDAY, May 10 (HealthDay News) -- The rate at which bronchoscopy skills are learned can be enhanced by certain educational interventions, and these skills can be evaluated via performance-based metrics, according to research published in the May issue of Chest.

Momen M. Wahidi, M.D., of the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., and colleagues conducted a prospective study of the acquisition of bronchoscopy skills and cognitive knowledge in two cohorts of pulmonary fellows -- the first of which was trained by the standards of their institution, and the second of which received educational interventions including training in simulation bronchoscopy and an online curriculum. The first-year fellows were evaluated via the Bronchoscopy Skills and Tasks Assessment Tool (BSTAT) and written multiple-choice examinations at pre-specified milestones.

The researchers found significant variation among the participants in bronchoscopy skills at their 50th bronchoscopy. However, educational intervention incorporating simulation bronchoscopy helped students acquire bronchoscopy skills faster, as demonstrated by a statistically significant improvement in mean BSTAT scores for seven of eight pre-specified milestones. The availability of online curriculum, with which compliance was low, did not improve performance on written tests.

"Performance-based competency metrics can be used to evaluate bronchoscopy skills. Educational interventions, such as simulation-based training, accelerated the acquisition of bronchoscopy skills among first-year pulmonary fellows as assessed by a validated objective assessment tool," the authors write.

One author disclosed a financial relationship with Immersion Medical Inc.

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