Journal of Surgical Simulation 2023; 10: A: 10 - 10

Published: 16 November 2023


Meeting abstract

Special Issue: Assessing the impact of simulated urology models on foundation trainees in a tertiary teaching hospital

Stephanie D'Costa, Struan Gray and Vishwanath Hanchanale
Corresponding author: Stephanie D'Costa, Department of Urology, Royal Liverpool University Hospitals Trust, Liverpool, United Kingdom. Email:


Introduction: Previous studies have shown that early exposure of medical students and junior trainees to urological simulation has promoted interest in the field and improved basic procedural skills. Therefore, we explored the role of simulated urology training in improving knowledge among Foundation Year 1 (FY1) trainees.

Methods: A simulation workshop on basic urology skills was designed and delivered to foundation trainees as part of their mandatory teaching. This workshop consisted of simulated models for testicular lump examination and suprapubic catheter insertion, with each trainee given the opportunity to simulate the procedure or examination. Qualitative and quantitative feedback of all participants was collected and analysed.

Results: All 55 FY1s (100%) participated in the testicular lump station, giving it a rating of good or very good; 96.3% found it to be relevant to their FY1 role. Similarly, all 21 participants in the suprapubic catheter insertion station found it relevant and rated the teaching as good or very good. Verbatim feedback showed the FY1 trainees found the teaching enjoyable, particularly in comparison to their otherwise remote teaching, and called for more time to use the models.

Conclusion: FY1 trainees are interested in engaging in urological simulation and find it a valuable part of mandatory teaching. Surgical-themed simulation continues to provide a highly realistic and educational experience for junior members of the medical team, with more research needed to establish how to integrate it into the postgraduate curriculum.


urology; simulation; testicular lump examination; suprapubic catheter insertion

Additional Information

This presentation was given at the SES 2022 online conference, January 2022.