One of the major efforts of the MSQC is to help surgeons become better surgeons. We would like to expand our efforts in surgical quality improvement in measuring actual surgical technique itself.
Our vision is that practicing Michigan surgeons, using MSQC as a coordinating center, will submit a videotaped case for evaluation by surgeon peers in the MSQC. Our approach, described by John Birkmeyer in the New England Journal of Medicine, and also at one of our MSQC quarterly meetings, de-identifies the surgeon, so that peer reviewers are able to objectively critique technical skill without knowing the identity of the surgeon. At the same time, the submitting surgeon would not know the identity of the peer reviewers. In our project, we plan to use an evaluation tool validated for laparoscopic right colectomy in conjunction with the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS).
Participating surgeons will submit videos, score edited videos of their peers and participate in peer-to-peer coaching to improve as a group with no cost to the participants. It’s an excellent opportunity for any surgeon performing laparoscopic colectomies to improve their own skills and help others around the state.
See Dr. John Byrn's presentation from the September 2016 MSQC Collaborative meeting for a brief overview.
If you are interested in participating in the video coaching project, please complete this form and we will contact you soon with more information.