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Industry Partnership In Education Improves Vascular Surgery Trainees’ Learning Experience
Jeffrey E. Silpe, MD, MS-HPEd1, Litton Whitaker, MD1, Pallavi Manvar-Singh, MD2, Gregg Landis, MD1, Jonathan Schor, MD3, Yana Etkin, MD1.
1Northwell Health, Lake Success, NY, USA, 2Northwell Health, Bayshore, NY, USA, 3Northwell Health, Staten Island, NY, USA.

OBJECTIVES: Simulation is a well-described educational tool that provides learners with not only knowledge, but the ability to perform a task and reflect on it. Industry has helped tremendously in creating tools for simulation and hosting educational events in which trainees can use these tools as learning models. Our goal is to report the educational experience of our vascular trainees during system-wide, institutional-driven educational events in which we have partnered with industry.
METHODS: Two large-scale simulation events were carried out for aortic aneurysms and peripheral vascular disease, in April 2022 and April 2023, respectively. For each event, faculty attended from multiple institutions and industry partners were invited. Faculty administered didactic lectures, facilitated skills sessions, and provided feedback Industry presented the indications for use for their devices and demonstrated their simulation device. Faculty and trainees filled out surveys with both 5-point Likert-scale and open-ended responses.
RESULTS: Trainees completed 15 pre-simulation and post-simulation surveys for the aortic simulation event, while faculty completed 7. Trainees completed 14 pre-simulation but only 8 post-simulation surveys for the peripheral vascular disease event, while faculty completed 5. For the aortic simulation and peripheral vascular disease surveys, the majority of responses were recorded by fellows, integrated vascular residents, and general surgery residents. There was a statistically significant improvement on all survey items for both events, p < .05. The faculty were excited to be involved and felt these events would positively impact their trainees after having completed them. Trainees were most excited to participate in the events so they could learn and after completion they most commonly simulation as the highlight of the events.
CONCLUSIONS: Overall, simulation still plays an important role in the vascular surgical trainee educational curriculum. Experiential learning is fundamental to advancing knowledge and skills while improving self-efficacy and -reflection. Adult learners want to be both excited about what they are learning, feel that it is relevant to their education, and be involved in their own education curriculum. Partnering with industry and faculty to deliver non-biased lectures to trainees, followed by hands-on simulation, and providing time and methods to reflect on their experience fulfills these criteria. Vascular surgical trainee education is improved by these institutional-driven robust simulation events.
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