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Videosurgery and Other Miniinvasive Techniques
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3/2019
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Urology resident training in laparoscopic surgery – results of the first national survey in Poland

Bartosz Brzoszczyk
,
Tomasz Milecki
,
Piotr Jarzemski
,
Andrzej Antczak
,
Artur Antoniewicz
,
Anna Kołodziej

Videosurgery Miniinv 2019; 14 (3): 433–441
Online publish date: 2019/01/22
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Introduction
For many urological procedures the open approach is being replaced by the laparoscopic approach. Laparoscopy technique requires special training conditions. A well-designed, step-by step training program is significantly important for shortening the learning curve.

Aim
The purpose of the study was to evaluate urology residents’ (UR) experience in laparoscopic procedures, training patterns and facilities available in departments of urology in Poland.

Material and methods
The survey developed by the authors included 18 questions concerning laparoscopy training and was distributed among UR who participated in 2 courses in laparoscopic surgery for UR in Poland in 2017. The survey consisted of questions regarding the number of laparoscopic procedures, acquired laparoscopic experience, laparoscopic simulation training and motivation for further learning.

Results
Of the 2017 invited UR in Poland, 108 (34%) completed the survey. Seventy-two (78%) UR from the study group have access to laparoscopic surgery in their department. Only 20 (25%) of urology departments are equipped with a laparoscopy box and a small number of UR perform regular training. As a primary operator basic (varicocele repair) and advanced (e.g. radical nephrectomy, radical prostatectomy, nephron-sparing surgery) laparoscopic procedures are performed respectively by 55 (71%) UR and 8 (10%) UR. Most residents evaluated their laparoscopic skills as poor (15, 19%), very poor (31, 40%) or absent (10, 13%), while only 22 (28%) evaluated them as at least satisfactory.

Conclusions
Laparoscopic technique is available in most Polish training centers. However, the majority of UR consider their skills unsatisfactory. Additionally, a large number of Polish UR do not have access to intensive training. UR considered that their availability of training courses and fellowships is low. Surgical exposure among Polish UR comprises mainly minor laparoscopic procedures.

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laparoscopy, education, surgical training, urology, residency

  
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