Traditional training is not up to the challenge of educating today’s surgeons.
Surgery residents are getting less hands-on experience than ever, and it’s affecting their confidence and autonomy. A significant percentage don’t feel ready to independently perform core procedures upon residency completion,1 and over 90% opt for an additional fellowship year. In an effort to address this, The American Board of Surgery (ABS) recommended “rather than increasing the quantity of cases, we should be increasing the quality of teaching both clinical and procedural skills.”2
The lack of access to high-quality surgical education is also affecting medical device companies. In an era of rapidly advancing technologies and procedures, training is often a rate-limiting factor. Current training approaches vary in effectiveness, and are not helping to address cost, and, most importantly, surgical mastery.
is the amount medical device companies spend per surgeon for a 2-day lab.3