• The Belfast musculoskeletal ultrasound course.

      Taggart, Allister J; Wright, Stephen A; Ball, Elisabeth; Kane, David; Wright, Gary; Regional Rheumatology Unit, Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. allister.taggart@ntlworld.com (Rheumatology (Oxford, England), 2009-09)
      To conduct a training course in musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSUS) for rheumatologists in Northern Ireland with the aim of equipping the participants with a basic knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of MSUS as they are applied to rheumatology.
    • Hand-assisted versus straight laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy on a training simulator: what is the difference? A stepwise comparison of hand-assisted versus straight laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy performance on an augmented reality simulator.

      Leblanc, Fabien; Delaney, Conor P; Ellis, Clyde N; Neary, Paul C; Champagne, Bradley J; Senagore, Anthony J; Division of Colorectal Surgery, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH, USA. (World journal of surgery, 2010-12)
      We hypothesized that simulator-generated metrics and intraoperative errors may be able to differentiate the technical differences between hand-assisted laparoscopic (HAL) and straight laparoscopic (SL) approaches.
    • Technical skill set training in natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery: how should we approach it?

      Nugent, Emmeline; Traynor, Oscar; Neary, Paul; National Surgical Training Centre, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland. emelinenugent@rcsi.ie (Journal of laparoendoscopic & advanced surgical techniques. Part A, 2011-03)
      The boundaries in minimally invasive techniques are continually being pushed further. Recent years have brought new and exciting changes with the advent of natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery. With the evolution of this field of surgery come challenges in the development of new instruments and the actual steps of the procedure. Included in these challenges is the idea of developing a proficiency-based curriculum for training.