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The effect of blocked versus random task practice schedules on the acquisition, retention, and transfer of surgical skills

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dc.contributor.supervisor Park, Jason (Surgery) en_US
dc.contributor.author Rivard, Justin
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-07T19:26:17Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-07T19:26:17Z
dc.date.issued 2013-01-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/14415
dc.description.abstract Background: How to optimally integrate simulation into a surgical training program is relatively unknown. We studied the effect of varying the practice schedule into either blocked or random patterns (termed contextual interference) on the long-term retention and transfer of surgical skills. Methods: 36 participants were randomized to practice 4 tasks from the Fundamental of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) program using one of three training schedules (blocked, random, no training). Skill was assessed using FLS scoring and hand-motion efficiency scores. Results: A positive benefit of training was seen over the controls for all 4 tasks (p<0.05). No difference was seen between the blocked and random groups in the amount of skill acquired, skill learned, or transfer of skill. Conclusion: The application of contextual interference was unable to differentiate between the blocked and random training groups. This could be due to the complexity of the tasks and/or the inexperience of the learners. en_US
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Simulation en_US
dc.subject Practice Schedules en_US
dc.subject Laparoscopy en_US
dc.subject Motor Learning en_US
dc.subject Surgical Education en_US
dc.title The effect of blocked versus random task practice schedules on the acquisition, retention, and transfer of surgical skills en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
dc.type master thesis en_US
dc.degree.discipline Surgery en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Gillman, Lawrence (Surgery) Milbrandt, Kris (Surgery) Francois, Jose (Family Medicine) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Science (M.Sc.) en_US
dc.description.note February 2013 en_US


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