Undergraduate, Nonmedical Students can Pass the FLS Manual Skills Exam With Minimal Practice

Matthew C. Bobel, Sarah E. Kemp, Wyatt A. Wagner, Archana Ramaswamy, Jeffrey G. Chipman

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Abstract

Objectives: The primary objective of this study is to investigate whether undergraduate, nonmedical students could pass the FLS Manual Skills Exam with minimal practice. The secondary objective is to examine ACGME case log data from graduating chief residents over the past 18 years to examine how laparoscopic experience has evolved over that time period. Design: Undergraduate, nonmedical students received training and unlimited practice time before being tested on each task of the FLS Manual Skills Exam. Each task was timed and scored using the MISTELS system. ACGME case log data from graduating chief residents over the past 18 years was obtained. Setting: The setting is SimPortal, the simulation center associated with the University of Minnesota Medical School. Participants: The participants are 25 undergraduate, nonmedical students from the University of Minnesota. Participants were recruited on campus. Results: Twenty-three out of 25 (92%) undergraduate, nonmedical students successfully completed one attempt for each task of the FLS Manual Skills Exam and 21 out of 25 (84%) completed both attempts. The average total practice time was 39 minutes. Over the past 18 years, the average number of laparoscopic cases completed by a graduating chief increased from 142 to 275 cases (93% increase). Additionally, the average number of cases of the top 5 most common laparoscopic operations increased from 25% to over 400%. Conclusions: Undergraduate, nonmedical students can pass the FLS Manual Skills Exam with minimal practice. Additionally, general surgery residents and medical students continue to gain more laparoscopic experience throughout medical training as laparoscopic surgery is utilized for more operations. The FLS Manual Skills Exam should be re-examined to determine its utility as a high-stakes exam.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of surgical education
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • Case Log
  • Competency: PC3
  • FLS
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Patient Care
  • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
  • Undergraduate

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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