Objective Assessment of Technical Skills in Cardiothoracic Surgery
If you agree to take part in this study, you will receive a digital video disc (DVD)
containing multiple videos of different surgeons or surgical trainees performing CAB
procedures. You will be trained by the Principal Investigator (PI) on how you should rate
the performance of each surgeon/trainee. You will be randomly assigned to 1 of 2 groups:
- If you are in the Conventional Rater (CR) Group, you will receive conventional training
from the PI about how to rate the videos.
- If you are in the Video Rater (VR) Group, you will receive conventional training from
the PI about how to rate the videos. You will also receive a video rater training
You will receive up to 38 different recorded procedures while you are on study. Each
procedure should last about 15 minutes. You will record the identification code that
appears at the beginning of each video, and the date and time that you viewed each video.
You will watch each video and then rate the performance of the surgeon/trainee using a
checklist and a Global Rating Scale. These rating documents will be given to you on a thumb
drive that you will either fill out on your computer or print out and fill in by hand. You
will be given more detailed instructions on how to fill out the checklist and rating scales
by the Principal Investigator (PI).
Your identity will be coded and blinded throughout the study. No identifying information
will be directly linked to your responses. Only the video identification numbers and your
code number will be used to identify the assessment data. The code key will be stored in a
separate computer or thumb drive.
Length of Study:
You will have 1 month to view and rate all videos. You will be contacted 1 time each week
by the PI to monitor your progress.
After you have watched and rated all the videos, you will return the videos, your responses
(either on the thumb drive or on printed hard-copies), and the video rater training manual
(if you are in the VR group) in a pre-paid mailer.
Up to 20 raters may take part in this study.
Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective
Feasibility of Video Recordings of Cardiothoracic Surgery (CTS) Procedures
Assessing 5 recorded procedures with qualified raters using two rating scales; a checklist developed using a consensus building project and a global rating scale (GRS) adapted from an established surgical assessment tool. The GRS uses a 5 point scale and behavioral anchors are provided for 1, 3, and 5 (a score of 1 equals a novice, 3 equals a competent surgeon, and 5 equals an expert). Raters have 1 month to view videos.
1 month for rating
Ara Vaporciyan, MD,BS
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
United States: Institutional Review Board
|UT MD Anderson Cancer Center||Houston, Texas 77030|
|The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio||San Antonio, Texas 78229|
|The Methodist Hospital Research Institute||Houston, Texas 77030|
|The University Of Texas Medical School At Houston||Houston, Texas 77030|
|The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas||Dallas, Texas 75390|
|Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital||Houston, Texas 77030|