Postgraduate Course 4

Train the Trainer: Comprehensive Hysterectomy Simulation Course for Educators

Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The ABOG MOC standards now allow participation in ABOG-approved Simulation Courses to meet the annual Improvement in Medical Practice (Part IV) MOC requirement. This course has been approved to meet ABOG Improvement in Medical Practice requirements for 2018-2019. Please review the 2018 MOC Bulletin at for further information.



Course Director: Christine Vaccaro, DO

   Arnie Advincula, MD            Grace Chen, MD               Carrie Langstraat, MD       Ernie Lockrow, MD            C.  Destephano, MD       

Due to a decline in hysterectomy numbers in residency education and an increase in minimally invasive approaches to hysterectomy, educators may need to turn to simulation to teach and evaluate residents for competency with each approach.  This course will provide a comprehensive overview of all approaches to hysterectomy through medical modeling and simulation techniques.  The course will review how to teach hysterectomy in a low stress environment (formative) as well as how to evaluate competency in a summative evaluation (high stakes). Basic tenets of simulation will be reviewed: content, video, pre-test, evaluation, and feedback.

Though simulation principles are important, the majority of the course will be interactive via hands-on teaching and evaluation of the various hysterectomy platforms currently available. The participants will rotate in small groups to facilitate an in depth evaluation of each of the 2 models for each approach (vaginal, laparoscopic, robotic and open).   Vaginal hysterectomy platforms will include a high fidelity model and the ACOG Flower Pot Model (lower fidelity).   Laparoscopic models will include an augmented virtual reality model and a low technology model.  Robotic simulators will include augmented and non-augmented virtual reality simulators.   Open abdominal models will include a high fidelity model and the ACOG Flower Pot model (lower fidelity). 

This course is in collaboration with the SGS Education Committee.

Due to the nature of the course, enrollment would be limited to 32 participants.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course the participant should be able to:

  1. Understand the importance and value of simulation in teaching GYN surgery, specifically hysterectomy
  2. Gain familiarity with existing ACOG online simulation-based resources and courses 
  3. Understand the differences in cost, construction (if applicable), fidelity, and limitations of a wide variety of hysterectomy models (vaginal, laparoscopic, robotic, and open)
  4. Understand how simulation models and debriefing can help meet milestones and improve competency

Course Outline:

1:00 pm -1:15 pm  Welcome/ Intro to Simulation/ Milestones

1:15 pm -1:30 pm  Overview of ACOG Sim Resources 

1:30 pm -4:30 pm  Round Robin Hands-On Evaluation of Hysterectomy Simulation Models 

4:30 pm -5:00 pm  Debriefing and Evaluation