Improvement and Retention of Arthroscopic Skills in Novice Subjects Using Fundamentals of Arthroscopic Surgery Training (FAST) Module

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INTRODUCTION: Analysis of the Fundamentals of Arthroscopy Surgery Training (FAST) workstation regarding increased proficiency and retention of basic arthroscopy skills in novice subjects. METHODS: First-year medical students from a single allopathic medical school performed weekly standardized FAST workstation modules for a consecutive 6 weeks. Primary outcomes evaluated were time to task completion and error rate on specific modules. Scores were analyzed using a one-way repeated measures analysis of variance design for overall trends in time and errors over the 6-week study. Psychomotor retention was analyzed after a 12-week and 24-week interlude. RESULTS: Across the initial 6-week study, the average time to complete all modules at the workstation decreased significantly (P < 0.001) with a mean reduction in the total workstation time of 21.9 minutes (s = 8.12 minutes). Weekly comparisons showed the most significant improvement from week 1 to week 2 for the total workstation time (P < 0.001). Results after a 12-week and 24-week interval of inactivity demonstrated no significant difference in the mean workstation time or errors when compared with the original 6-week study. DISCUSSION: The FAST workstation significantly improved the task performance of novice participants over a 6-week period with no significant deterioration in task performance after 12 and 24 weeks of inactivity.