Video based learning in surgical education: a new modality for hybrid training in minimally invasive surgery
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis
My research started from the evaluation of the challenges posed by the introduction of laparoscopic surgery and assessing the outcomes of patients undergoing complex colorectal procedures performed laparoscopically. The findings of this preliminary research confirmed the benefits of laparoscopic surgery and therefore highlighted the need for dedicated training pathways, to reduce the long learning curve in minimally invasive surgery. In view of the limited time available in theatre for complex training, my research focused on the role of surgical simulations and video resources to maximise the benefit from the training event. Surgical videos showed favourable characteristics for self-directed learning, time efficiency and constructive feedback. After establishing a paucity of adequate educational content in majority of online videos, I led a multidisciplinary study group for development of consensus guidelines for reporting of educational videos. The use of videos for trainers’ feedback sessions also resulted valuable when applied in a pilot study assessing stepwise training in complex Crohn’s disease surgery.