Development of a Tool for Assessment of Resident Cataract Surgery Instrument Knowledge

Mian SI, Sullivan T, Millican W, Uhler T, Gedde SJ, Lee AG, and Golnik KC


Purpose: To develop and test a tool for assessment of resident knowledge of cataract surgery instruments. Methods: A multicenter face and content validity study of instrument knowledge for cataract surgery was performed using experienced content experts in the field. Survey participants were asked to rate 50 surgical instruments in 13 categories in the following categories: “must have knowledge,” “may need to have knowledge,” or “does not need to have knowledge”. Results: Twenty-four surgeons at five institutions with 10.4 ± 6.7 years of experience in teaching surgery participated in the study. Twenty-eight instruments were rated as “must have knowledge” by > 50 % of surgeons. At least 1 instrument was identified in each functional category. Conclusions: A web-based surgical instrument knowledge database and quiz tool has been developed that has face and content validity to assess resident competence in patient care and medical knowledge.

Journal of Academic Ophthalmology 2009: 2: 6-10. (c) Journal of Academic Ophthalmology

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