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Authors Rutherford DN, D'Angelo AL, Law KE, Pugh CM
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Journal Surg. Clin. North Am. Volume: 95 Issue: 4 Pages: 813-26
Publish Date 2015 Aug
PubMed ID 26210973

The demand for competency-based assessments in surgical training is growing. Use of advanced engineering technology for clinical skills assessment allows for objective measures of hands-on performance. Clinical performance can be assessed in several ways via quantification of an assessee’s hand movements (motion tracking), direction of visual attention (eye tracking), levels of stress (physiologic marker measurements), and location and pressure of palpation (force measurements). Innovations in video recording technology and qualitative analysis tools allow for a combination of observer- and technology-based assessments. Overall the goal is to create better assessments of surgical performance with robust validity evidence. Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System