Moulton Lab at ASE Surgical Education Week

The lab attended the Association for Surgical Education‘s annual conference in Chicago April 25-27th, presenting four of our latest research projects and initiatives.

Candlelight Session
The TransfORmation Project: Working together to improve intraoperative safety culture.

Podium Session: Resident Training
Pulled from the Passenger Seat: Resident Engagement in the OR

‘Thinking Out of the Box’ Session
Pre-Operative Planning Modules – A Novel Approach to Teaching and Learning in Surgery

Plenary Session
SOS! Calling Attention to the States of Stress in Surgery.

Thank you to the ASE for the opportunity to share our work and connect with colleagues in the field.

Photo credits: Ralf

DesignTalks at Healthcare Human Factors

Melanie Hammond Mobilio will be speaking at an upcoming DesignTalks at Healthcare Human Factors on Thursday March 21st.

This will be an insightful look into healthcare and medical education research from the experiences of a medical anthropologist. Check out the event info below for more info.

Where should I park my canoe? The anthropologist in healthcare and education research

Wilson Centre research rounds

The surgical safety checklist as myth and ceremony
We presented our latest research with Elise Paradis looking at the Surgical Safety Checklist at the Wilson Centre research rounds. The talk summarized some of the results and data, examining the findings using neo-institutional theory.

New publication in Academic Medicine

Recognizing impression management as an expectation in surgical culture, this study looked at how surgical residents portray an image of confidence and competence. We examine the strategies, motivations, and consequences of impression management in surgical training.

Fake It ‘Til You Make It: Pressures to Measure Up in Surgical Training.

Patel P, Martimianakis MA, Zilbert NR, Mui C, Mobilio MH, Kitto S, Moulton CA.

Acad Med. 2017 Dec 26. [Epub ahead of print].

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Ethnographic study of checklist policy and performance

The lab was recently awarded a project grant from The Physicians’ Services Incorporated Foundation to pursue a 2-year research study titled, The Tools and the Trade: an ethnographic study of checklist policy and performance, and implications for patient safety.

We are excited to partner on the project with Dr. Elise Paradis, the Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Healthcare Practice and scientist at The Wilson Centre.

Coaching Surgeons paper in Annals of Surgery

Coaching faces unique challenges in the context of a powerful surgical culture that values the portrayal of competency and instills the value of surgical autonomy. This study suggests that hanging on to these tightly held values of competency and autonomy is actually limiting the ways, and extent to which, surgeons can improve their practice.

Coaching Surgeons: Is Culture Limiting Our Ability to Improve?

Mutabdzic D, Mylopoulos M, Murnaghan ML, Patel P, Zilbert N, Seemann N, Regehr G, Moulton CA. Ann Surg. 2015 Aug;262(2):213-6.

Ann Surg. 2015 Aug;262(2):213-6.

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