Annette Aboulafia

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OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to determine the MR findings in patients with giant cell tumors of the tendon sheath. MATERIALS AND METHODS MR imaging findings in nine surgically proved cases of giant cell tumors of the tendon sheath were evaluated on both T1- and T2-weighted images. Of nine lesions, three involved the foot, two involved the(More)
Cancer is a significant health problem in the adolescent and young adult population. Confusion exists within the field of pediatric oncology with respect to the definition of childhood cancer, since most population-based incidence studies define childhood cancer on the basis of age alone. We recommend that the scope of pediatric oncology include the study(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE To evaluate the influence of a simulation-based program on the initial performance of dural puncture by medical interns, and to refine the design of simulator-based teaching and competence assessment. DESIGN Prospective interventional study. SETTING Academic medical center. SUBJECTS 27 medical interns inexperienced in the technique of(More)
Traditional approaches of assessment in the medical domain are insufficient for evaluating trainees’ technical skills. Currently, many European medical training bodies are attempting to introduce competence-based training programmes for technical skills as well as other domains (e.g., communication, professional behaviour, clinical cognition). These efforts(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE This study examined attitudes and views held by stakeholders regarding their experience of training in spinal anaesthesia. The aim was to identify key factors related to learning and teaching processes which were perceived to influence the acquisition of competence in spinal anaesthesia. METHODS The study was carried out at a busy(More)
BACKGROUND Detailed description of the tasks anesthetists undertake during the performance of a complex procedure, such as ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blockade, allows elements that are vulnerable to human error to be identified. We have applied 3 task analysis tools to one such procedure, namely, ultrasound-guided axillary brachial plexus blockade,(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Training in medical procedural skills is currently undergoing important change. We set out to identify those factors, perceived by trainers and trainees, to be important determinants of learning ultrasound-guided axillary brachial plexus blockade (USgABPB). METHODS We performed a structured, prospective, qualitative analysis of(More)
BACKGROUND The current focus on patient safety and evidence-based medical education has led to an increased interest in utilising virtual reality (VR) for medical training. The development of VR-based systems require experts from different disciplines to collaborate with shared and agreed objectives throughout a system's development process. Both the(More)
The human-computer interaction (HCI) community is generating a large number of analytic, usability-oriented approaches such as cognitive models and user-centred design representations. However, critical factors for their eventual application are their intelligibility, utility and usability for practitioners. In this paper, we present ongoing research into(More)