Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a teaching module using simulation for the tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) procedure on procedural knowledge and skill.
Methods: Twenty-five gynecology residents participated in a teaching module about the TVT procedure and urinary incontinence, which included a simulated insertion on a training model. Questionnaires using 10-point scales for self-rated competence and knowledge and a written examination were administered before and after the module. A simulated TVT insertion was evaluated at an examination at 7 weeks and at 7 months.
Results: A significant median improvement of 44% on the written examination and at least one point on each of the self-rated competence and knowledge scales were observed after the teaching module. Residents performed the insertion well at both examinations (89% and 90%), regardless of surgical experience. More than 94% agreed the module was useful and improved their understanding of the procedure.
Conclusion: A short teaching module and simulation session can effectively teach residents and improve their perceived competence with the TVT procedure.