The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) are partnering to advance simulation as a tool for training orthopaedic residents. ABOS is providing funding for OREF to execute and administer $300,000 3-year grants that will support a simulation research and development program to assess the skills of a resident in training prior to the Part 1 board exam.
As the orthopaedic specialty advances, the need for a cost-effective method for residents to hone basic skills in a stress-free environment grows.
Simulators provide residents an environment in which they can practice and improve their skills without the stress of potentially causing harm. A recent study1 showed that orthopaedic surgery interns' and sub-interns’ written and skills test scores improved after completing a simulation module, but more research is needed to determine whether simulation could be used to assess orthopaedic residents’ performance prior to qualifying for their certifying exam. View the complete press release