Surgical widely from digital to hands on

Surgical
trainees work hour limitations in addition to hospital imposed educational
restrictions are challenging traditional models of surgical education.1 The growing number of subspecialized fellowships as
well as mandatory faculty participation and supervision further limit
educational opportunities.2 With narrowing time availability and opportunities,
there is increasing pressure on trainees to acquire surgical knowledge in an
efficient autonomous fashion. This has resulted in surgical trainees turning to
internet-based and digital resources for surgical education, as these resources
tend to be easily accessible, user friendly and provide a wealth of information
instantaneously. 3,4 Limitations in surgical educational experiences have
also resulted in growing reliance on simulators to fill the void. There is
consensus that simulation plays an essential role in education throughout
medical school and later training stages. 5 Surgical simulators developed so far have varied
widely from digital to hands on platforms with different levels of fidelity and
resemblance to the simulated experience. Furthermore, the ultimate effect of
these various simulators on trainee surgical knowledge and skills acquisition
remains poorly explored.

            The fields of craniofacial surgery
generally, as well as cleft surgery more specifically, have also witnessed the
birth of numerous educational simulators. 6-9 We have previously demonstrated that an online and
freely available cleft surgery digital simulator was able to reach a
significant global surgical audience shortly after release.10,11 We have also recently completed a
randomized controlled trial showing that the simulator was significantly better
than traditional textbook in teaching novice learners unilateral cleft lip
markings. However, we have not evaluated the effect of the simulator on
procedural knowledge, confidence, and surgical skills acquisition. We hypothesize that our digital educational
simulator leads to improved unilateral cleft lip repair procedural knowledge,
confidence, and skills acquisition.

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            There is increasing evidence that
surgical trainees prefer using digital resources as an educational tool as
compared to standard textbooks. 3 Digital resources provide an easily accessible source
of surgical knowledge and can provide three-dimensional (3D) demonstrations of
procedures and concepts that are difficult to illustrate and display in
textbooks. In an attempt to address the limitations encountered by surgical
trainees in cleft surgery education, academic craniofacial surgeons from New
York University Langone Health, in partnership with the non-profit organization
Smile Train and the biotechnology company Biodigital Inc. created an
educational cleft surgery simulator in October 2012. 10 The simulator is freely available
online at www.cleftsim.org, is compatible with frequently used Internet
browsers, and is available in English, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese and French.
The educational material covered in the simulator includes 3D digital
animations, with text and voice over surgeon commentary of normal and
pathologic anatomy, surgical markings and detailed steps of essential cleft
procedures (Figure 1).

Surgical
trainees work hour limitations in addition to hospital imposed educational
restrictions are challenging traditional models of surgical education.1 The growing number of subspecialized fellowships as
well as mandatory faculty participation and supervision further limit
educational opportunities.2 With narrowing time availability and opportunities,
there is increasing pressure on trainees to acquire surgical knowledge in an
efficient autonomous fashion. This has resulted in surgical trainees turning to
internet-based and digital resources for surgical education, as these resources
tend to be easily accessible, user friendly and provide a wealth of information
instantaneously. 3,4 Limitations in surgical educational experiences have
also resulted in growing reliance on simulators to fill the void. There is
consensus that simulation plays an essential role in education throughout
medical school and later training stages. 5 Surgical simulators developed so far have varied
widely from digital to hands on platforms with different levels of fidelity and
resemblance to the simulated experience. Furthermore, the ultimate effect of
these various simulators on trainee surgical knowledge and skills acquisition
remains poorly explored.

            The fields of craniofacial surgery
generally, as well as cleft surgery more specifically, have also witnessed the
birth of numerous educational simulators. 6-9 We have previously demonstrated that an online and
freely available cleft surgery digital simulator was able to reach a
significant global surgical audience shortly after release.10,11 We have also recently completed a
randomized controlled trial showing that the simulator was significantly better
than traditional textbook in teaching novice learners unilateral cleft lip
markings. However, we have not evaluated the effect of the simulator on
procedural knowledge, confidence, and surgical skills acquisition. We hypothesize that our digital educational
simulator leads to improved unilateral cleft lip repair procedural knowledge,
confidence, and skills acquisition.

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            There is increasing evidence that
surgical trainees prefer using digital resources as an educational tool as
compared to standard textbooks. 3 Digital resources provide an easily accessible source
of surgical knowledge and can provide three-dimensional (3D) demonstrations of
procedures and concepts that are difficult to illustrate and display in
textbooks. In an attempt to address the limitations encountered by surgical
trainees in cleft surgery education, academic craniofacial surgeons from New
York University Langone Health, in partnership with the non-profit organization
Smile Train and the biotechnology company Biodigital Inc. created an
educational cleft surgery simulator in October 2012. 10 The simulator is freely available
online at www.cleftsim.org, is compatible with frequently used Internet
browsers, and is available in English, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese and French.
The educational material covered in the simulator includes 3D digital
animations, with text and voice over surgeon commentary of normal and
pathologic anatomy, surgical markings and detailed steps of essential cleft
procedures (Figure 1).

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