Pittsburgh Surgical Outcomes Research Center
Transforming the conduct of clinical research


Assessing variability in surgical performance of laparoscopic procedures

In this PittsburghCREATES collaboration with Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation (Fort Wayne, IN), videos of laparoscopic cholecystectomy cases will be examined to determine the factors influencing surgical variability, including variability among high-performing surgeons. The purpose of the project is ultimately training and assessment that leads to consistently excellent performance and patient outcomes.

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Assessing Technical and Non-technical skills in robotic surgery

In this collaboration between PittsburghCREATES and TransEnterix USA, a recently FDA approved robotic surgery system called Senhance, a mobile assessment was developed to assess skills specific to robotics (OBGyn; General Surgery) and to learning the operation of a specific robotics platform. Additional topics that were examined in this venture include assessing patient selection skills, skills transfer between laparoscopic and robotics training, and surgical teamwork.

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