Students’ interest in surgery affects laparoscopic practicing performance

Chih Cheng Luo, Sheng Mao Wu, Wen Kuei Chien, Chen Sheng Huang, Wei Cheng Lin, Yin Chun Chang

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Background and Objective: Earlier exposure to laparo-scopic techniques is thought to be beneficial for medical students. Reports have demonstrated that practice im-proves performance in laparoscopies. In this study, we intended to evaluate whether medical students’ interest in surgery is affected by the amount of practice and the performance on a laparoscopic simulator. Methods: A laparoscopic simulation curriculum was in-troduced at Taipei Medical University, Wan-Fang Medical Center. Study participants included 36 sixth-year and 14 seventh-year students who were divided according to whether they had indicated an interest (group A) or not (group B) in surgery. The students had twice-a-week practice sessions for 2 weeks. They underwent baseline measurement (BM) before training and posttraining mea-surement (PTM). Self-guided practice on the simulator was allowed. The learning outcomes were assessed com-paring the BM and PTM scores by using the interquartile range (IQR) test. We also tested the correlation between total score and number of self-guided practice sessions. Results: All study participants showed improvement. No differences were observed between BM and PTM scores and between 6th-and 7th-year medical students. Signifi-cant differences were found in PTM scores between groups A and B (P .001). Analysis of variance with a post hoc test for different groups revealed that the PTMs were significantly higher for both the 6th-and 7th-year medical students in group A than for those in group B (P.001). Total performance scores were improved with a higher number of self-guided practice sessions. Linear regression analysis demonstrated a significant correlation between the number of self-guided practice sessions and total performance score (P .001). Conclusion: Those clerks and interns interested in surgery who had more sessions for self-guided practice, displayed more improvement than those not interested in surgery did. Improvement in performance correlated highly with trainees’ number of self-guided practice sessions.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2016.00039
JournalJournal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2016


  • Interest in surgery
  • Laparoscopic simulator
  • Medical students
  • Performance Score
  • Self-guided practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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