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While otolaryngology (ORL) bootcamps are being increasingly utilized for resident education, many simulators are prohibitively expensive or complicated to construct. We constructed and validated a novel low cost and low fidelity endoscopic sinus surgery skills trainer (ESSST). After construction, participants were divided into 3 groups based on endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) experience. The study participants were asked to perform 3 tasks. Their performance was videotaped and subsequently blindly evaluated by two rhinologists. Each task was scored based on performance and economy of motion using a standard scoring sheet. A one-way ANOVA and Post Hoc Tukey Tests were used to determine if there was a significant difference in performance of the 3 groups. The data suggests that skill and experience with ESS directly translates to the simulator, supporting that the ESSST is low cost, validated, renewable and a useful adjunct to higher fidelity simulators.
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