The Scottish Surgical Bootcamp is an innovative, simulation-rich induction course for new-start surgical trainees. Hosted at the Inverness Clinical Skills Centre, the boot camp concentrates on the ‘secrets of surgery’ that faculty members wish they had been taught, including technical and non-technical skills. The Scottish Surgical Boot Camp is incredibly popular, with a number of awards to its name including the NES “Innovation in training” and the CAMES “Innovation in Simulation” awards, in 2016. We caught up with course director Professor Ken Walker to get an insight into the role that the eoSims play in this course…..
A surgical bootcamp participant using an eoSim
So Ken, tell us about the eoSim sessions you run as a part of the course.
Certainly. The eoSim sessions are designed to get trainees up and running as well as realising the addictive benefits of deliberate practice. Trainees are able to develop their current skill sets as well as attain new skills to augment their performance in the operating room. A number of these skills are also transferable and can be widely applied in other domains.
.. and how do course educators find using the eoSims?
We are very enthusiastic about eoSim and enjoy using the simulators as educational tools. SurgTrac is particularly useful, especially with the objective feedback it provides. Being able to have such an effective and widely accessible platform to teach groups of students is a massive plus and we are really interested in how best to integrate this into training programmes.
Excellent! What do students think of the eoSim sessions?
Students are always talking about how good the eoSims are and how useful they find them. The course tasks are generally very well received with suturing tasks particularly popular. Overall students would be very happy to pay for such kits to have in their own homes for their own personal use in perfecting their skills.
Thanks, Ken, great talking to you!
‘We are very enthusiastic about eoSim.’
‘..such an effective and widely accessible platform to teach groups of students is a massive plus..’
‘We are really interested in how best to integrate this into training programmes’