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Research in Surgical Education

Our research in surgical education team is led by Dr. Laura Torbeck, Dr. Reed Williams and Dr. Gary Dunnington.  We help serve as a “think tank” for pursuing new and innovative research in surgical education as well as partner with our surgeon colleagues to enhance their scholarly endeavors.  Our on-going projects and areas of focus include: 1) autonomy and guidance in the OR, 2) operative performance assessment, and 3) surgery program evaluation.  We were very fortunate to have received two grants in 2015.  The first grant we received was from Cook Medical/Biotech and part of the Advances in Medicine {AIM} grant that the Indiana University School of Medicine received.  The funds are targeted to support projects that explore coaching physicians in practice using video, improving intra-operative performance assessment of residents, employing trained skills coaches to evaluate basic surgical skills of residents, and variations in clinical reasoning of surgical residents.  The second grant we received was from the American Board of Surgery.  Funds from this grant are earmarked to study our newly developed System for Improving and Measuring Procedural Learning {SIMPL} which is an mobile device evaluation system for rating resident operative performance.  We have formed a research collaborative with Northwestern University and Massachusetts General Hospital called Procedural Learning and Safety Collaborative, Inc.  See link for more information: http://www.procedurallearning.org/


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Laura Torbeck, PhD 
Vice Chair of Education 
Surgical Educator

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Reed G. Williams, M.D. 
Adjunct Professor
Surgical Educator

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Gary L. Dunnington, M.D.
Chair, Department of Surgery
Surgical Educator

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Department of Surgery | 545 Barnhill Drive, Emerson Hall 203, Indianapolis, In 46202 | Phone: (317) 274-5771