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Simulation-Based Comprehensive Cleft Care Workshops: A Reproducible Model for Sustainable Education.

OBJECTIVE: Evaluate simulation-based comprehensive cleft care workshops as a reproducible model for education with sustained impact. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey-based evaluation. SETTING: Simulation-based comprehensive cleft care workshop. PARTICIPANTS: Total of 180 participants. INTERVENTIONS: Three-day simulation-based comprehensive cleft care workshop. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Number of workshop participants stratified by specialty, satisfaction with the workshop, satisfaction with simulation-based workshops as educational tools, impact on cleft surgery procedural confidence, short-term impact on clinical practice, medium-term impact on clinical practice. RESULTS: The workshop included 180 participants from 5 continents. The response rate was 54.5%, with participants reporting high satisfaction with all aspects of the workshop and with simulation-based workshops as educational tools. Participants reported a significant improvement in cleft lip (33.3 ± 5.7 vs 25.7 ± 7.6; P < .001) and palate (32.4 ± 7.1 vs 23.7 ± 6.6; P < .001) surgery procedural confidence following the simulation sessions. Participants also reported a positive short-term and medium-term impact on their clinical practices. CONCLUSION: Simulation-based comprehensive cleft care workshops are well received by participants, lead to improved cleft surgery procedural confidence, and have a sustained positive impact on participants' clinical practices. Future efforts should focus on evaluating and quantifying this perceived positive impact, as well reproducing these efforts in other areas of need.

Citation: 

Kantar, Rami S., Corstiaan C. Breugem, Kristen Keith, Serena Kassam, Charanya Vijayakumar, Mikaela Bow, Allyson R. Alfonso, et al. “Simulation-Based Comprehensive Cleft Care Workshops: A Reproducible Model for Sustainable Education.” Cleft Palate Craniofac J 57, no. 10 (October 2020): 1238–46. https://doi.org/10.1177/1055665620944781.

Published Date: 
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Published In: 
The Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal : Official Publication of the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association
PMID: 
32729337