Journal Review in Surgical Education: The OR Black Box

Apr 10, 2023, 09:00 AM

Have a grand idea for how to improve education and patient safety in surgery, but unsure how to make it a reality? Perhaps the OR Black Box can inspire you and set you on your path as an innovator. We are joined by Dr. Teodor Grantcharov, one of its creators. The OR Black Box is a system that collects, stores, and analyzes a large amount of data from the operating room beyond just surgical video, such as video and audio of the operating room and patient physiology data. Using the system for feedback through self-directed review, coaching, and integrated AI analysis has changed the way we can learn and teach in surgery, and may have implications for the future of evaluation and credentialing. 

Learning Objectives
  1. Listeners will describe the value that accessible data review and analysis adds to surgical education.
  2. Listeners will describe how review of operative data could be utilized for more objective evaluation and credentialing, and how this can be used for continuous improvement.
  3. Listers will recognize common barriers to using new technology or process changes in surgery.
  4. Listeners will recognize the importance of a well-developed research question and its application to a clinical need when designing research or innovation in surgery and education.
  5. Listeners will appreciate the long and iterative process required to go from a research idea to implementation and impact on clinical outcomes.
  6. Listeners will organize their own ideas for research utilizing the advice offered in the episode. 

1. Goldenberg MG, Jung J, Grantcharov TP. Using Data to Enhance Performance and Improve Quality and Safety in Surgery. JAMA Surg. 2017;152(10):972. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.2888

2. van Dalen ASHM, van Haperen M, Swinkels JA, Grantcharov TP, Schijven MP. Development of a Model for Video-Assisted Postoperative Team Debriefing. J Surg Res. 2021;257:625-635. doi:10.1016/j.jss.2020.07.065

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