Video-Based Training

Given recent changes to the healthcare system, opportunities for residents to observe surgeries within the operating room have been decreasing. As a result, alternative teaching approaches are being implemented to supplement and enhance direct operating room observation. One such approach is computer-based video instruction. Previous work has shown that video-based training can be effective in teaching surgical trainees basic surgical skills such as suturing; however, little work has been done to examine its effectiveness with respect to teaching entire surgical procedures. Our lab is currently investigating if video-based training can be used as an effective visual and verbal teaching aid to help residents better understand procedures in orthopaedic surgery.