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L. Park, J.J. Song, J.M. Dodick, E.M. Helveston; The EYESI 2.2 Ophthalmosurgical Simulator: Is it a Good Teaching Tool? . Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2006;47(13):4421.
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To evaluate the ability of the EYESI 2.2 ophthalmosurgical simulator to mimic intraocular surgical conditions, and assess its potential usefulness in training residents for intraocular surgery.
Ophthalmology residents at different levels of training (PGY–2 to PGY–4) and with varying degrees of intraocular surgical experience performed a basic vitreo–retinal surgery module on the EYESI 2.2 ophthalmosurgical simulator. The module consisted of 5 basic tasks and levels: navigation training levels 1 and 2, forceps training, vitrector training, and anti–tremor training. The residents' performances, as assessed by their course scores, were compared to those of a practicing vitreo–retinal surgeon and a medical retina fellow.
Twelve residents (three PGY–4 residents, five PGY–3 residents and four PGY–2 residents), one practicing vitreo–retinal surgeon, and one medical retina fellow participated in the study and were grouped by level of training. Out of a possible high score of 500, the vitreo–retinal surgeon received the highest score of 406, followed by the fellow's score of 354. As a group, the average score for PGY–4 residents was 339; for PGY–3 residents was 331; for PGY–2 residents was 261. When evaluated by group, higher course scores correlated with years of prior intraocular surgical experience. The more experienced intraocular surgeons reported that they felt the simulator to be an excellent supplemental teaching tool for intraocular surgery.
The EYESI 2.2 ophthalmosurgical simulator is a useful device for training ophthalmology residents in intraocular surgery and merits further investigation as a unique surgical teaching tool.
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