Nathan Feiertag, B.S. Biology, pre-medical sciences option, interned this summer as a research scholar at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Nathan collaborated with fellow research scholars and Dr. Patruno, Dr. Pellini, Dr. Martino, Andrew Katz, and Michael Fink in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Their research goal was to determine if a videotaping technology called Simcapture is a reliable and useful tool for assessing the surgical competencies of residents in endoscopic, laparoscopic, hysteroscopic, and robotic
laparoscopic cases. The research team developed an evaluation rubric to assess the performance of the surgical residents on criteria such as dexterity, procedural methods, and depth perception. After recording the residents' surgical techniques using the Simcapture technology, the videotapes were scored using the evaluation rubric by the residents' attending physicians and by other surgeons in a blind external review. The researchers found that the residents' attending physicians almost always scored the resident higher in every category compared to the external reviewers. The researchers propose that this could have been due to the personal relationships between an attending physician and his/her resident. They concluded that the use of
Simcapture videotaping technology benefits residents by providing them with
critical assessments of their surgical competencies and has the potential to improve their performance and educational experience. Nathan is the vice-president of the Pre-medical Sciences Club at Bloomsburg University.