Shannon DiMarco

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BACKGROUND The study aim was to identify residents' coordination between dominant and nondominant hands while grasping for sutures in a laparoscopic ventral hernia repair procedure simulation. We hypothesize residents will rely on their dominant and nondominant hands unequally while grasping for suture. METHODS Surgical residents had 15 min to complete(More)
INTRODUCTION Skills decay is a known risk for surgical residents who have dedicated research time. We hypothesize that simulation-based assessments will reveal significant differences in perceived skill decay when assessing a variety of clinical scenarios in a longitudinal fashion. METHODS Residents (N = 46; Returning: n = 16, New: n = 30) completed four(More)
BACKGROUND The study aimed to validate an error checklist for simulated laparoscopic ventral hernia (LVH) repair procedures. We hypothesize that residents' errors can be assessed with a structured checklist and the results will correlate significantly with procedural outcomes. METHODS Senior residents' (N = 7) performance on a LVH simulator were(More)
The main purpose of this study is to find possible relationships between the smoothness of hand function during laparoscopic ventral hernia (LVH) repair and psychomotor skills in a defined virtual reality (VR) environment. Thirty four surgical residents N = 34 performed two scenarios. First, participants were asked to perform a simulated LVH repair during(More)
BACKGROUND This study sought to compare general surgery research residents' survey information regarding self-efficacy ratings to their observed performance during a simulated small bowel repair. Their observed performance ratings were based on their leadership skills in directing their assistant. METHODS Participants were given 15 min to perform a bowel(More)
OBJECTIVE The study aim was to determine whether residents' error management strategies changed across 2 simulated laparoscopic ventral hernia (LVH) repair procedures after receiving feedback on their initial performance. We hypothesize that error detection and recovery strategies would improve during the second procedure without hands-on practice. DESIGN(More)
BACKGROUND Urinary catheter insertion is a common procedure performed in hospitals. Improper catheterization can lead to unnecessary catheter-associated urinary tract infections and urethral trauma, increasing patient morbidity. To prevent such complications, guidelines were created on how to insert and troubleshoot urinary catheters. As nurses have an(More)
BACKGROUND Due to the increased use of peripherally inserted central catheter lines, central lines are not performed as frequently. The aim of this study is to evaluate whether a virtual reality (VR)-based assessment of fine motor skills can be used as a valid and objective assessment of central line skills. METHODS Surgical residents (N = 43) from 7(More)
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