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Surg Clin North Am. 2010 Jun;90(3):559-67. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2010.02.008.

Verification of proficiency: a prerequisite for clinical experience.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL 62794, USA.


Several factors, including reduced resident work hours and concerns for patient safety, have led to the introduction of dedicated skills laboratories and a more widespread belief in the value of time spent in skills training. The American College of Surgeons and the Association of Program Directors in Surgery established a three-phase skills curriculum for all surgery residents. Phase 1 involves basic surgical skills instructional modules and a Verification of Proficiency assessment. After undergoing teaching and practice sessions in the authors' skills lab, all first-year surgical residents (post graduate year 1 residents) from general surgery and four surgical specialty programs are tested on 11 non-specialty specific basic surgical skills before performing these in clinical situations.

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