New at Clinical Congress 2019 is The Surgical Metrics Project, which will allow participants to explore the use of wearable technologies to measure surgical decision making and technique. Active practice, administrative, and retired surgeons are all encouraged to participate.
At this event, which is being held Monday through Wednesday in the Exhibit Hall, Moscone Center South, Halls ABC, wearable technologies will be used to build a database of surgical decision making and technical approaches during repair of a small bowel enterotomy. A total of 10 procedure stations are available, and the exercise will take less than 30 minutes.
Each participant will be equipped with magnetic motion tracking technology synchronized with headgear that will capture video and audio data. Working in sync, these instruments will provide a moment-to-moment account of each step and decision that a surgeon makes while operating and measure time and flow efficiency to provide an accurate assessment of the surgical process.
All participants will get a short report on their performance. After Clinical Congress, the data will be analyzed to answer the following questions:
- What decisions do surgeons make when faced with a surgical task?
- How do their decisions and technical approaches affect outcomes/bowel repair quality?
- Can this database serve as a benchmarking resource for trainees?
- Is there an expert strategy or evidenced-based approach that can be discovered in the data and shared with participants?
- Can this database serve as a platform to discuss the possibility of longitudinal, personal assessment where participants track their own performance throughout their career?
The program is sponsored by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Surgical Skills Training for Practicing Surgeons. Join the conversation and tweet about your experience with this program using #surgicalmetrics.