A Cadaver Lab Training Facility to Facilitate Laparoscopic Liver Resection

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Introduction:Laparoscopic liver surgery is becoming increasingly common; however, doubts still remain regarding its more widespread application and whether it improves patient outcome. The authors would like to present their experience of using a dedicated cadaver laparoscopic training laboratory to facilitate the introduction of a laparoscopic liver resection (LLR) program.Methods:A course was designed by a faculty of experienced, advanced laparoscopic surgeons providing an intensive 2-day course of lectures, debate, exchange, and practical hands-on with a live link to clinical LLR operations. Participant evaluation and feedback for each course was analyzed.Results:After 4 courses (2007 to 2009) and 32 participants, scores were graded from 1 (poor) to 6 (excellent no improvement). The course was graded for content, structure, delivery, resources, facility, and value for money. The overall rating for cadaver teaching sessions scored as follows: score 6 (43%), score 5 (32%), and score 4 (25%).Conclusions:A dedicated cadaver LLR facility is not only an excellent method to train individuals for safe introduction of clinical liver resection program but it also has the potential to provide certification within this growing technique.

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