Top Gun


Top Gun
The Top Gun Laparoscopic Skills and Suturing programs are meant to provide an effective and rapid development platform for skills acquisition and suturing excellence in the videoscopic environment. It proudly patterns itself after the training methodology that forms the core curriculum of the Navyís Top Gun school for fighter pilots. This includes a deconstruction of complex tasks to their most elemental level, the execution of preparatory drills to facilitate complex task execution, teamwork building, and the use of metrics to objectively evaluate performance. There is a detailed and precise suturing algorithm that is taught. It is stressed to the surgeon that excellence is not built on just talent but also on the consistent execution of superior tactics and techniques. If this algorithm is executed to the letter, participants can achieve success consistently. It also features an extended curriculum that promotes continued expansion of skill sets. There is Level I, the basic skills and suturing course, followed by the Level II, the Masterís course, and lastly Level III, the intracorporeal anastomosis course. All of these programs have large databases that can give the participant feedback on their skill level in comparison to their peers. The course also is very cost effective because it can be done without animal models using low cost tabletop simulators. It also taps into the competitive nature of surgeons to be successful no matter what the cost that has to be paid. Without a doubt this course taps into the surgeonís emotional fabric in order to inspire participants to humble themselves and embrace the system. Great surgeons are not born but rather they are made by a commitment and willingness to play the price for excellence. Finally, each time a course is conducted, it honors the men and women who defend our country and make the extraordinary seem routine. With the ever increasing recognition of the beneficial crossover of aerospace industry training and error reduction methodology to the surgical arena and considering the common ground challenges of United States Naval aviation in the Vietnam era and the current state of affairs in minimally invasive surgery, the stage has been set for the adoption of the Navyís Top Gun training methodology to be applied to empower surgeons to intracorporeal suture. For more information about these individual programs, please click on the provided links.


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