Surgical Simulation in Africa: The Feasibility and Impact of a Three Day Fls Course

Introduction: Although simulation is now considered important for learning technical skills, there is very little literature assessing the use of simulation in resource restricted countries. The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility and impact of a three day Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) course in Botswana, Africa. Methods: A total of 20 surgeons and trainees participated in a 3 day FLS course. A pre-test FLS score was obtained for each subject, followed by 2 days of practice with feedback. A final FLS post-test score was then obtained. Participants also watched the FLS instructional CD-ROM and took the written test on day 3. Results: Mean post-test scores were significantly higher than pre-test scores for each task (Table) and for the total FLS simulator score (26±19 vs 57±19, p


Session: Podium Presentation

Program Number: S026

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