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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 49-52

The use of OSATS like tools for the comprehensive assessment of technical skills for otolaryngology procedures

Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Umm Al-Qura University Makkah, Saudi Arabia; The Head and Neck and Skull Base Center King Abdullah Medical City (KAMC), Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
MD, FACS Osama Marglani
The Head and Neck and Skull Base Center King Abdullah Medical City (KAMC) Makkah
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1319-8491.275263

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Introduction: It has always been difficult to objectively evaluate the competency of otolaryngology surgical residents. Recently introduced objective structured evaluation of technical skills (OSAT) is increasingly being used for assessment of operative skills. Not much data is available to demonstrate its efficacy in otolaryngology residents. The aim of this study was to review the available literature published on OSATS as a tool for objective evaluation of otolaryngology residents to provide a comprehensive overview of these tools to be utilized by both surgical educators and residents in the field, and to point out the various deficiencies in order to develop and validate tools in certain fields of the otolaryngology procedures for future research. Material and Methods: In order to confirm the validity of OSAT as reliable evaluation tool, We have reviewed the ten recently published studies in the literature using OSAT as a tool for evaluation of various otolaryngological procedures. We identified three intended uses for the OSATS, namely surgical skill evaluation, progress and divide them into procedure specific and global rating of a particular surgical field and program evaluation. Results: All these studies demonstrate OSAT can be instrumental in evaluating otolaryngology curriculum, in addition to assessing the level of competence in residents. These studies further demonstrate improving OSAT score in residences as they progress in their surgical residencies, confirming the reliability of this tool we also found a lack of some procedure specific tools that can be helpful and is imperative to develop and validate in the future. Conclusion: Assessment of surgical skills using OSAT program has the potential to be used as a reliable tool for allowing adequate monitoring of resident’s progress and should be implemented as part of resident evaluation in otolaryngology program. Although many tools have been developed, still further refinements of the available tools and development of more procedure specific tools are necessary.

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