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Teaching and Evaluating Technical Skills: Applying the Aviation Model to Gynecologic Surgery

Moen, Michael D. MD*; Moen, Robert O.; Moen, Orrin L.

Journal of Pelvic Medicine and Surgery: May-June 2007 - Volume 13 - Issue 3 - p 107-112
doi: 10.1097/SPV.0b013e31806219ff
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Objective: We discuss the acquisition and evaluation of technical skills in aviation that could be applied to teaching and evaluating gynecologic surgical skills.

Methods: Literature concerning teaching and evaluating technical skills was reviewed and summary concepts were developed concerning the applicability of the aviation model of training to gynecologic surgery.

Results: Three main areas of applicability of the aviation model to gynecologic surgery were identified: 1) applying the principles of adult learning with defined objectives and continual feedback, 2) the use of simulation with repetitive practice of basic skills, and 3) the development of objective measures of performance based on specific criteria.

Conclusions: Concepts that have been used successfully to train pilots can be applied to the teaching and evaluation of gynecologic surgeons.

Several techniques used to train pilots can be applied to training gynecologic surgeons.

From the *University of Illinois College of Medicine and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Illinois.

Captain Robert Moen is currently a 737 captain for a major commercial airline, and former F/A-18 Pilot Instructor and Navy Fighters Weapons School (TOPGUN) Graduate.

Captain Orrin Moen is a retired United Airlines Captain with over 20,000 hours of flight time and a former line-check airman (instructor/evaluator) for multi-engine jet aircraft.

Reprints: Michael Moen, MD, 1775 Dempster St., 4-South, Park Ridge, IL 60068. E-mail: Michael.Moen-MD@Advocatehealth.com.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.