The importance of training validation

We’ve said it many times – we’re creating a tool, not just an app.

What’s the difference? Well, our aim is to make something that is actually useful to surgical training. There are plenty of nice looking surgical apps out there in the app store that I’m sure do serve a purpose, but Touch Surgery aims to do something different.

By using scientific methods and educational principles, we are aiming to introduce an entirely new method of learning surgery – Cognitive Task Simulation (CTS). The decision making process is known to be crucial during an operation, yet at present it is never taught in a formalised or standardised way. So much of it is left to chance. Touch Surgery will fill that gap.

We believe that Touch Surgery can really make a difference to surgical training, and make a significant improvement in surgical education worldwide. This will in turn help to shorten the learning curve, and make surgeons better and safer.

In order to do this it is crucial that we can scientifically prove benefits in surgical education. To do this will require a rigorous process of validation to prove that Touch Surgery:

1) Teaches what it claims to (Face and Content Validity)
2) Can differentiate between different levels of knowledge (Construct Validity)
3) Is associated with measurable improvements in surgical performance (Predictive Validity).

As you can imagine this is not an easy process, and this is probably why so few educational apps go through this process. However, we are in the fortunate position to be able to carry out this important research through partnerships with multiple academic institutions across the globe. We feel that this process is vital if we are to achieve our aim of improving the practice of surgery worldwide.

At the end of the day, we just want to make things better – and we’re prepared to go the extra 1,000 miles to prove it.