The operating room is the most valuable and expensive asset of any health care system.
Recent advancements in surgery technology have led a surge of demand for minimally-invasive robotic procedures. This trend promises better patient outcomes. Rapid changes in surgical practice have created an inadvertent gap in training that has left senior residents and Fellows struggling to keep up.
This 2017 study is a telling one The University of Michigan has found 30 percent of surgeons couldn’t operate independently after residency. After five years, and the pandemic that swept across the globe, this percentage is now higher than ever. The continued shortage of staff, widespread burnout and the increasing demands for value-based health care have all contributed to the strain on the ability to provide hands-on mentoring and training.
As surgical procedures become increasingly more sophisticated, budding medical professionals are struggling to acquire the complex skills required for today’s modern operating rooms. In this high stakes environment where patient safety is paramount and the outcome of surgery is critical, hospitals should prioritise skills development.
Residency training for modern surgery