Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society

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Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse And Then Perform: Using Hands-on Surgical Training To Prepare A Surgeon For Their First Arterial Switch Operation.
Nabil Hussein, Shuhua Luo, Osami Honjo, Christoph Haller, Shi-Joon Yoo.
The Hospital for Sick Children (Sickkids), Toronto, ON, Canada.

The arterial switch operation (ASO) is technically challenging and thus leads to a prolonged period before training surgeons can perform the whole operation safely. Hands-on Surgical Training (HOST) is utilizing 3D printed congenital heart models to simulate complex congenital procedures. Within our institution we have incorporated HOST within our congenital heart surgery program. One of our surgical fellows rehearsed the arterial switch operation three times in preparation for their first case. This video demonstrates both the fellow’s focused training on specific 3D-printed models and their performance in the operating room. Feedback from both fellow and experienced surgeons on HOST’s value to training has been encouraging. In an environment where perfect patient outcomes are expected, simulation training such as HOST may play a crucial role in training future surgeons in complex congenital heart surgery.