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In this era of advancing surgical technology and procedures, increasing minimum case requirements, and duty-hours restrictions, residents are challenged with learning more in less time. The Surgical Education Research Laboratory is devoted to enhancing surgical education by empirically examining and applying principles of cognitive psychology and learning theory to the surgical education environment. We develop and evaluate curricula, validate evaluation and assessment methods, and discover optimum methods of teaching and learning knowledge and skills.
We have published in the areas of skill acquisition using the proficiency-based training methodology, designing optimum practice schedules, examining the benefits of a technical skills 'refresher' curriculum for residents returning to clinical training after completing research years, utility of a flexible endoscopy curriculum, and the impact of surgical skills curricula for medical students. Additionally, we conduct research on knowledge acquisition and have published in the areas of improving study methods, preparatory instruction, and program effectiveness.