Pulmonary fellowship training programs currently require 50 bronchoscopies for pulmonary trainees to achieve competency. However, new research suggests performance-based metrics can be used to evaluate bronchoscopy skills and establish competency.
Researchers from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, compared the bronchoscopy skills and cognitive knowledge of 22 fellows who received standard bronchoscopy training with 22 fellows who received additional bronchoscopy training, including simulation bronchoscopy and an online curriculum.
Results showed that fellows who received additional simulation training significantly improved their bronchoscopy skills and accelerated the acquisition of skills compared with those who received standard training. Researchers speculate that the study findings may have implications for other procedures currently performed by trainees in internal medicine and its subspecialties.
This article is published in the May issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians.
- M. M. Wahidi, G. A. Silvestri, R. D. Coakley, J. S. Ferguson, R. W. Shepherd, L. Moses, J. Conforti, L. Que, K. J. Anstrom, F. McGuire, H. Colt, G. H. Downie. A prospective multi-center study of competency metrics and educational interventions in the learning of bronchoscopy among starting pulmonary fellows. Chest, 2009; DOI: 10.1378/chest.09-1234
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