This is Part 1 of 2 where we are analyzing an anonymous resident’s 50th cataract surgery, which is very early in the learning curve. We have previously explained the learning curve of cataract surgery and that there is a remarkable difference between case 200 and case 2000.
The key in climbing this steep curve is to maximize the learning from each and every surgery. Video record every case and then go back and study the footage carefully. Make a note of satisfactory maneuvers and those which need work. Spend time practicing in a wet-lab.
This resident does an excellent job given that this is just case number 50. I encourage this resident to keep working hard to become better and better, After teaching so many resident surgeons over the past 20 years, I can confidently say that this resident will blossom into an accomplished cataract surgeon within a few thousand surgeries.
Click below to learn from my commentary about this resident’s 50th case: