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TAIPEI, TAIWAN (UroToday.com) - Introduction and Objectives: To evaluate the utility of the GreenLight-SIM™ (GL-SIM) simulator to assess photoselective vaporization of the prostate (PVP) skills of urology postgraduate trainees (PGTs) during Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs).

wceMethods: After obtaining ethics approval, PGTs in Post- Graduate Years (PGY-3 to PGY-5) from all four Quebec urology training programs were recruited during two annual OSCEs. During a 20-minute OSCE station, PGTs were asked to perform two exercises: identification of endoscopic landmarks and PVP of a 30 g normal prostate. Grams vaporized, global scores and number of correct anatomical landmarks were recorded and correlated with PGY level, practice on the GL-SIM and previous PVP experience.

Results: 25 PGTs were recruited at each OSCE with 13 PGTs participating in both OSCEs. When comparing scores from the 1st to the 2nd OSCE, there was a significant improvement in the number of grams vaporized (2.9 vs. 4.3 g; p = 0.003) and global score (100 vs. 165; p = 0.03). There was good correlation between the number of previously performed PVPs and the global score (r = 0.4, p = 0.04). Similarly, PGTs with previous practice on the GL-SIM had significantly higher global score (100.6 vs. 162.6; p = 0.04) and grams vaporized (3.1 vs 4.1 g; p = 0.04) when compared with those who did not practice on GL-SIM. PGY level did not significantly affect grams vaporized and global score (p > 0.05).

Conclusions: Performance on the GreenLight-SIM at OSCEs significantly correlated with previous practice on the GL-SIM simulator and previous PVP experience rather than PGY level.

Source of Funding: None

View an interview with Sero Andonian, one of the authors of this study.


Presented by Sero Andonian,1 Mohamed A. Elkoushy,1 Nader Fahmy,1 Serge Carrier,1 Mostafa M. Elhilali,1 and Yasser Noureldin,1, 2 at the 32nd World Congress of Endourology & SWL - September 3 - 7, 2014 - Taipei, Taiwan

1Division of Urology, McGill University Health Centre, McGill University, Canada
2Urology Department, Benha University Hospital, Benha University, Egypt


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