I will give this one a try. I am not as up to date on all the ins & out of requirements to be eligible for the ABS boards, but....Does anyone have any experience with this program offered by the ACS and SAGES? (FLS or fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery)
More specifically, is the laparoscopic trainer box a good tool for honing your skills and is it worth $1800?
I found this:http://home.absurgery.org/default.jsp?news_newreqs...Yes it is required now to be eligible to sit for the boards (not sure if the Chiefs have to have it this year but I am pretty sure we DO have to have it to be eligible next year in my class).
ABSurgery said:...The new requirements will take effect as of July 1, 2009, and will apply to applicants for certification who complete their general surgery residency in the 2009-2010 academic year or thereafter...
Just a few thoughts. ABS is really pushing towards a greater implementation of "simulation" in training. You will spend 5 years doing a good deal of open cases to include whipples, colons, tramas, etc.... Hopefully with your reading and "mentored" participation you will get what you need from "open" perspective.... Also, ABS is looking for simulation centers.... you can pretty much obtaine pig guts to hearts and have some practice on bowel to vasc anastamosis....Why is this required, when there is no equivalent course-fundamentals of open surgery?...
Unfortunately, that is not the case for everyone. Why do you think so many are jumping to MIS fellowships? Yes, some do it for a diploma to help limit their scope of practice. Some do it for a diploma to help gain "credentials" at a hospital. Truth is, a MIS fellowship, other then getting a diploma is most useful to remediate those whose residency program was not so progressive in the arena of MIS. During my GSurgery, I was DOING lap gastric bypasses halfway through my PGY2 year. I was DOING lap adrenals, hiatal hernias, Nissens, ventral hernias (with seperation of components), renal harvests, colon resections... all routinely by my PGY3/4 yrs. An MIS fellowship would have just been a waste of a year for me.... and extra trauma call and warm body for the "program". So, back to my original statement, it sounds like you are being properly trained in the MIS basic science components. Hopefully, you are also being trained in the technical.......I am doing the modules instead of relaxing. It just seems like there hasn't been anything in the modules that I haven't already picked up from being in residency and assisting with/doing cases (I'm not done though, maybe it gets better?).