Education

Education beyond formal training can be challenging. A busy practice and personal life leaves little extra time. Fortunately, many opportunities for learning urologic laparoscopy are available. In addition to traditional textbooks, an abundance of tips on the finer points of laparoscopy exists in the current peer-reviewed literature. With many of these sources available in electronic format, one can easily amass a library of references from the Internet.

Obviously, the best way to progress is to learn from the experience of others. Didactic lectures, live case observation, and videos are valuable methods. Although nothing duplicates the true operative experience, animate and inanimate labs are good options for developing specific technical aspects such as suturing (32-36). For the inexperienced laparoscopist, a preceptor or mentor should be mandatory prior to delving into any advanced case (37-39).

Videotaping procedures for future self-review or review by an experienced laparoscopist can be helpful, particularly when matched with patient outcome (40). In laparoscopy, past performance often predicts future returns.

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