"Establishing Validity for the Limbs and Things Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Trainer", a paper written by Dr. Christopher C. DeStephano and his colleagues at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida won the IRCAD (Institute for Research into Cancer of the Digestive System) Award for Excellence in Education. The paper describes validity evidence supporting use of the Limbs & Things Surgical Female Pelvic Trainer (SFPT) for training in Obstetrics and Gynecology residency programs.

The SFPT simulator for training in a wide range of laparoscopic gynecological surgical techniques and procedures, allows for dissection techniques, insertion and use of uterine manipulators and other gynecology instruments, and the identification of anatomical landmarks.

“We saw that there was significant variation in the feedback residents were receiving in the operating room compared to the simulation setting. With blinded evaluations of trainees using the Limbs & Things model, we were able to standardize feedback and describe the process for validation," said Dr. DeStephano.

The IRCAD award is presented to recognize the best research in education acknowledging innovative ideas in teaching. Through a grant provided by Karl Storz Endoscopy, Dr. DeStephano will travel to Strasbourg, France to participate in a minimally invasive surgery course at the European Institute of Telesurgery, University of Strausbourg.