Simulator performance, psychometrics and personality testing guiding the choice of clinical discipline
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The complexity of surgical training has increased and surgery put high demands on personal abilities that cannot be met by all even after training. Selection of personnel is critical to many professions, including surgery, but the selection procedure of surgical apprenticeship is not well developed. It would be of value to get an early assessment of important personal features like the ability to learn complex procedures. Further, individuals learn in different ways and the personality may influence this ability. Other important aspects are visuospatial abilities, working memory and executive functioning. These variables are measured in the present study by: learning curves in a TURP VR-simulator, scores from the personality test TCI-R, Rey complex figure and recognition trial, Tower of London (dx) and tests from WAISIII.
Twenty-four residents in urology performed three real TUR-P procedures and their performances were analyzed with OSATS and video-recordings. The learning curves from the OR were compared with the results from the simulation practice, personality tests and psychometrics using multiple linear regression. The findings from personality and psychometric data were also compared with the general population to see if there are any indications of a “surgical personality”. The urology residents in this sample have a welldeveloped character (effective, mature, reliable, goal-oriented, empathetic, tolerant, supportive, cooperative) and with high reward dependence (tender-hearted, dedicated, sociable) together with better executive planning abilities and better verbal working memory than normal.
The connections between the operation learning curves and the variables above indicate that a better learning score is associated with a good learning score in a simulated environment, goal-directedness, a high level of impulse control, anticipation of harmful events and responsibility, a balanced attachment style and a good visual spatial memory.
Surgical training, simulator, transurethral resection of prostate, psychometric tests, personality
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-54464OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-54464DiVA: diva2:304109