University of Minnesota Awarded $25,000 Grant To Promote Innovations in Surgical Education

University of Minnesota Awarded $25,000 Grant To Promote Innovations in Surgical Education

University of Minnesota, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery was awarded a $25,000 grant in 2014 by American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) to create a project that would promote innovations in surgical education for orthopaedic surgery residents. That project has recently finished and the research team has found that the simulator tested is effective at teaching interns how to perform a knee arthroscopy.

The researchers looked at training residents how to perform a knee arthroscopy, a common orthopaedic procedure, with a simulator and that those residents who learned on the simulator had much better results than those who didn’t. They found that the simulator was an “efficient” training product. The researchers are Jonathan P. Braman, MD and Ann Van Heest, MD.

“We appreciate the support provided by ABOS,” said Braman. “Simulators are an important part of resident education but is important to show that they are an effective teaching mechanism and this project helped to show it can be.”

The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inc. was founded in 1934 as a private, voluntary, nonprofit, independent organization to serve the best interests of the public and the medical profession. These interests are achieved through the ABOS by establishing standards for the education of orthopaedic surgeons. These standards are evaluated by the ABOS through examinations and practice evaluations. More information can be found at

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