Susan Culican

Susan Culican

Washington University School of Medicine

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine

Associate Professor, Ophthalmology Residency Program Director, and Director of Education


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Published on Nov 08, 2017

Lab Note 11: And the crowd goes wild!!

Well, the data are in... and the mean crowd scores (red) ARE correlated with the mean expert scores (blue)! It is pretty clear when you look at the graphic... the higher the expert score the higher...

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Published on Oct 17, 2017

Lab Note 10: And the Experts Agree!

Congratulations to our expert reviewers who completed their task of each assessing the 50 videos prior to October 13!! Not only were the assessments completed on schedule, but the preliminary analy...

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Published on Sep 07, 2017

Making Progress

I just wanted to send a quick update to let everyone know where we stand.Video editing: COMPLETE. (Thank you, Tejas!)Video upload to CSATS: COMPLETE. (Grace is on top of everything)Lay rater evalua...

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Published on Jun 15, 2017

Lab Note 9: How will this project help us link skill with outcomes?

What we really want to know is what a resident surgeon can accomplish in terms of surgical outcomes. Were there complications during or after surgery? How well does a patient see after cataract sur...

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Published on Jun 08, 2017

Lab Note 8: Why we are Crowd Funding the Crowd Sourcing experiment

Let's talk about bias. We all have bias. Bias is why I am turning to the crowd, not just for assessments, but for funding. This project has been vetted before traditional study sections to procure...

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Published on Jun 04, 2017

Lab Note 7: Linking program specific assessments to the proposed standard assessment of resident surgical skill: the WU example.

This project proposes to generate a tool that can be used universally by any training program across the country to provide a standardized assessment of a resident's surgical skill. It is easily ac...

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Published on Jun 01, 2017

Lab Note 6: Can this study help us identify an evidence-based minimum surgical requirement for specific skills?

Yesterday we looked at hypothetical trajectories of skills acquisition by surgical learners. Today we'll explore how knowing the real data about how residents learn can inform our understanding abo...

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Published on May 31, 2017

Lab Note 5: How does resident surgical skill improve over time?

Today's topic is piggy-backs on the last lab note: how do we determine what "normal" resident skill development is? As a residency program director I have supervised trainees over many years and ha...

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Published on May 27, 2017

Lab Note 4: Making the case for a "standard assessment" tool: in addition to, not instead of, local assessments.

Lab Note 4: Brittni Scruggs-Miller is a resident in Ophthalmology at the University of Iowa and in looking at the project raised the question of how is this different than the assessments that indi...

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Published on May 16, 2017

Lab Note 3: How does this project make surgery safer?

This project is the first step on a journey. It re-imagines the way that we think about medical education and how we determine when someone is ready to finish training. In high school, college, and...

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Published on May 15, 2017

Lab Note 2: Why did I decide to do research in resident education?

My inspiration came from a lecture by US Air Force Maj. David Bickerstaff describing how he trains fighter pilots and decides who has “the Right Stuff”. Similarities between training pilots and sur...

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And the wheels of progress are turning (slowly, yes, but turning). Thanks to your support we are pleased to welcome Tejas Sekhar to the team!
Jul 18, 2017
How do you know a surgeon in training is ready to operate independently?
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Thank you everyone for your support! We are in the final week of video collection and thanks to all of you we can start the video editing ASAP and stay on track for our milestones timeline.
Jun 27, 2017
How do you know a surgeon in training is ready to operate independently?
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With regard to Lab Note 8 on bias. Usha Andley once suggested a fantastic book to me: The Emperor of All Maladies-- A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee. It is a fantastic book and does a great job of explaining how bias can undermine the advancement of science. Thanks Usha for the recommendation and for you support!
Jun 10, 2017
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Indeed! And thus the current study. Thanks again for your support!
Jun 02, 2017
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