Becoming an expert surgeon: measuring performance in the operating room
In the eyes of Amin Madani, one of the main keys to becoming a successful surgeon lies in knowing what to do at the right time. This 4th year surgical resident, who recently completed a PhD in surgical education, is dedicated to helping his fellow residents at the MUHC and the next generation of surgeons learn skills that will make them experts in the operating room.
Dr. Madani is a graduate of McGill University’s surgeon-scientist program, an internationally-renowned program that allows medical residents an opportunity to take a break from their clinical residency in order to dedicate time to conducting research.
While on hiatus from his residency, Dr. Madani has been researching and gaining a better understanding of how to increase patient safety through improving performance in the operating room. “Most residents do not have a complete understanding of what it means to perform well as a surgeon, and what are the behaviours that are associated with safe surgery,” Dr. Madani explains. “The focus of my research is to improve surgical training using novel methods and technologies, and to develop new ways of measuring the skillset of a surgeon and their ability to make safe decisions in the operating room.”
An important focus of Dr. Madani’s work is related to surgical energy devices, which are tools used during surgery to dissect tissues and control bleeding, but can also cause operative complications when used inappropriately. He has developed a simulation-based course that teaches residents how to use these devices safely.
Having travelled to over 20 universities around the world to share his expertise, Dr. Madani credits the MUHC and McGill for continuing to be leaders in surgical education and research. “When it comes to training, the MUHC and McGill are unparalleled, and the surgeon-scientist program is what attracted me to study in Montreal,” he says. “It has given me the skillset to conduct vital research that has not only complemented my training as a surgical resident, but has also the potential to help improve intra-operative performance, reduce the risk of surgical complications, decrease the length of a patient’s hospital stay after surgery, and ultimately, reduce the cost of surgery on our healthcare system.”
With only two years to go before completing his surgical residency, Dr. Madani is already gearing up for his next challenge: becoming a thoracic surgeon.