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Tackling technical skills competency: A surgical skills rating tool.
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PMID:  22703983     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education common program requirements mandate a competency-based assignment of duties. To accomplish this, valid and reliable assessment tools must be developed to evaluate competence. This study evaluated a rating tool to assess competence in basic surgical suturing skills. METHODS: A technical skills exercise consisting of the closure of three incisions, 3 cm long, was devised in 2006. The incisions were closed with simple stitches with two-handed knots, vertical mattress stitches with instrument knots, and a running stitch with one-handed knots. Fifteen min were allotted for completion. A rating instrument with 17 competency markers worth 1 point and a global 5-point Likert scale competency score was used to evaluate the performance. Twelve first-week post graduate year 1 surgical residents completed the exercise in 2006, and 16 final-month post graduate year 1 surgical residents completed it in 2011. All tasks were scored on video review by two independent raters. Statistical analysis included descriptive statistics, t-score analysis, rank sum analysis, Cohen's kappa coefficient, and Cronbach's alpha. RESULTS: The mean total score (11.8 versus 13.9, P = 0.002) and median global competency rating (1 versus 3, P < 0.001) were lower for the first-week cohort. Cohen's kappa coefficient of inter-rater reliability was 0.77. Cronbach's alpha measure of internal consistency was 0.87. CONCLUSION: This rating form is a valuable tool to evaluate technical skill competency. Construct validity was demonstrated with improvement in total score and global rating. Excellent internal consistency and inter-rater reliability were also demonstrated. This form may be used to assess technical skill competency in an efficient skills exercise.
Thomas J Wade; Travis P Webb
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-5
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of surgical research     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1095-8673     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-6-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376340     Medline TA:  J Surg Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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