Ann Surg. 2020 Nov 12.

Evaluating the Impact of Surgeon Self-Awareness by Comparing Self vs Peer Ratings of Surgical Skill and Outcomes for Bariatric Surgery

Varban, Oliver A.; Thumma, Jyothi R.; Carlin, Arthur M.; Ghaferi, Amir A.; Dimick, Justin B.; Finks, Jonathan F.

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In the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative, researchers aimed to evaluate self- vs peer-assessments of surgical skill. They compared self rated videos of a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy from 25 surgeons to peer-ratings of the same video. Authors conclude that surgeons who over-rate their skill had higher leak rates for complex procedures. Additionally, these video assessments can be useful for determining who may benefit from surgical coaching programs.