Launched at the 2015 ALSGBI ASM in Southport in the Arthrex Mobile Training Lab
Laparoscopic surgery is technically demanding and the skills required for proficiency are difficult to acquire. It is not for everyone. However, perhaps more than for any other branch of surgery, simulator training lends itself for practising and perfecting laparoscopic technical skills and from Autumn 2015 the ALSGBI will recognise those trainees who are able to demonstrate proficiency in a defined set of five laparoscopic tasks. These are not easy skills to perfect and the possession of the passport will be a badge of proficiency which will be recognised nationwide and will mark out those who are serious laparoscopic surgeons. In turn, it would be anticipated that trainers will recognise that those in possession of the LapPass will be suitable for accelerated operative training. The five skills include camera holding (which will be assessed intra-operatively) and four technical skill tasks which will be demonstrated and assessed in training jigs.
ASSESSORS and ASSESSMENT
We hope you will enjoy acquiring the LapPass. The tasks set are challenging but the skills required are very much clinically relevant and for most people not intuitive. They will require practice, probably over many hours at home or in the lab. They do not intend in any way to avoid the need for courses but much like the Driving Test: lessons will help speedy acquisition of the required proficiency and promote good habits but on the day you still have to pass the Test itself with or without formal lessons.
We expect to run assessments at the Annual Scientific Meetings again and to continue to do so at each of our Annual meetings. It will be perhaps the best opportunity for trainees to get access to assessment sessions with a proven faculty and in due course it may be possible to roll out these assessment sessions locally as was originally intended; but for the time being Council feel that concentrating assessment at the Annual Scientific Meeting will be the preferred option but we will complement these free assessment sessions with Council funded regional training days in order to deliver local ALSGBI training. Please watch the website and newsletter for further information. The tasks are designed to be able to be conducted on low fidelity jigs and we would encourage practice in this way.
Once completed, please email these forms to Jenny Treglohan email@example.com at the ALSGBI office