Sierra Leone

Video and simulation learning as support to a surgical training program in a resource-poor setting

Every year an estimated 313 million surgeries are performed worldwide and only 6% of the total procedures are performed on the poorest one third of the world population. To meet projected population demands for low and middle-income countries, urgent investment in human resource is mandatory. Surgical task-sharing training programs might provide a stepping stone towards universal access to safe surgical care. In this study the value of additional video and simulation learning in knowledge transfer, surgical performance and surgical skills of trainees in a task-sharing surgical training program in Sierra Leone is assessed. Secondary outcomes are acceptance levels towards computer supported training and to compare self-esteem, confidence level and feeling of preparedness.