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Project ADOPT, Assuring and Defining Outcomes through Procedural Training, is a nationwide surgical training initiative in minimally invasive surgery (MIS) sponsored by Covidien. Project ADOPT at the University of Wisconsin is a novel surgical training program specializing in laparoscopic TEP inguinal hernia repair that involves three major components: simulation, hands-on practice, and surgical coaching coordinated by the University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery.

We are combining three existing training opportunities available through the University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery:

  • Clinical Simulation Program — A nationally recognized program where clinicians use simulation technology to become independently knowledgeable by learning different skill sets with the opportunity to practice patient care in a risk-free environment.
  • GlovesOn program — An all-day, interactive training session in advanced surgical procedures where surgeons are paired with an expert UW surgeon with extensive expertise and training in an area of interest.
  • Wisconsin Surgical Coaching Program — A new approach to continuous professional development in surgery through a formalized surgical coaching program that pairs surgeons with trained surgical coaches. Coaches are drawn from a variety of settings and institutions across the state of Wisconsin.

Project commitment & travel

Project ADOPT at the University of Wisconsin is a quality improvement initiative that will last approximately 18 months. Surgeons will be sent a packet of materials to review prior to attending their first meeting located at the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics in Madison. Materials will include articles, a video, and online assessments. Surgeons will be required to travel to Madison on two separate occasions. The first meeting will include baseline assessments, simulation training, and the opportunity to meet assigned coaches. The second meeting will be devoted to consecutive case learning in the UW Department of Surgery operating room through the GlovesOn program. Surgeons may also use this time to train in the Simulation Center. Surgeons will then perform three cases at their local OR proctored by their coach, followed by 10 independent consecutive cases also performed at the surgeon’s local OR. Coaching sessions related to the independent cases will occur either in person or via conference call, at the discretion of the coach and the surgeon. Project ADOPT will reimburse all costs related to travel.

Participate in project adopt

If you are interested in participating in Project ADOPT, please download and complete this surgeon form. If you are interested in participating as a coach, please download and complete this expert coach form.


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