Ashley M Yurco

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BACKGROUND Stress can negatively impact surgical performance, but mental skills may help. We hypothesized that a comprehensive mental skills curriculum (MSC) would minimize resident performance deterioration under stress. METHODS Twenty-four residents were stratified then randomized to receive mental skills and FLS training (MSC group), or only FLS(More)
BACKGROUND Surgery is very cognitively demanding, particularly for novices. Novices are required to direct full attention on the procedure at hand, and additional demands can lead to cognitive overload. Through extensive practice, experts develop spare attentional capacity (SAC) for simultaneous tasks. However, little effort has been made to enhance(More)
INTRODUCTION We hypothesized that the implementation of a novel mental skills curriculum (MSC) during laparoscopic simulator training would improve mental skills and performance, and decrease stress. METHODS Sixty volunteer novices were randomized into intervention and control groups. All participants received FLS training while the intervention group(More)
BACKGROUND Mental skills training refers to the implementation of cognitive performance-enhancing strategies to promote optimal performance. We aimed to develop a surgery-specific mental skills curriculum (MSC) and obtain initial evidence of efficacy. METHODS The developed MSC consisted of 8 proven performance-enhancing modules. Its efficacy was assessed(More)
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