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Open Access The timing and importance of motor skills course in knee arthroscopy training

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Objectives: The aim of this prospective study is to evaluate the impact of the simulation training program in learning duration of arthroscopic motor skills. Furthermore, we investigated the difference between junior and experienced residents in the improvement of arthroscopic motor skills duration. Methods: We established 2 study groups according to participants' year of experience in orthopedic residency with junior group residents with three years or less than three years experience as group 1 and experienced group with over 3 years of experience as group 2. We calculated duration change of motor skill test results for each participant before and after the course. The tools used were; auto scoring mirror tracer(ASMT), 0'Conner the tweezer dexterity test(OCTDT), etch-a-sketch with overlay(ESOT), purdue the pegboard test(PPT), two-arm coordination test(TACT) and grooved pegboard test(GPT) which were all produced by Lafayette firm. These instruments were used to practice and measure the basic motor skills. Results: All post–course test durations for participants decreased significantly when compared to pre-course. We calculated percentage change of motor skill test results for each participant before and after the course. All motor skill test percentage changes were similar between two groups. In comparison of participants according to their experiences, results revealed that there was no difference in test results of experienced and junior surgeons. Both groups had provided equal improvement in terms of motor skills. Conlusion: As our results revealed, residents will be able to act with a strong motivation to learn applications through basic arthroscopic information gained in early period of orthopedic training and will make more successful applications of real patients.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Baltalimani Bone and Joint Diseases Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey 2: Central Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey 3: Istanbul GOP Taksim EAH, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Istanbul, Turkey 4: Bakirkoy Dr. Sadi Konuk EAH, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Istanbul, Turkey 5: Istanbul Medipol University, Department of Cardiology, Istanbul, Turkey 6: Istanbul Medeniyet University, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Istanbul, Turkey

Publication date: January 1, 2017

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