Verification of Proficiency - VOP

As part of the American College of Surgeons /Association of Program Directors in Surgery (ACS/APDS) Phase I National Curriculum, the SIU School of Medicine Department of Surgery developed Verification of Proficiency (VOP) modules to evaluate all PGY I surgery interns (general surgery, vascular surgery, plastics surgery, otolaryngology, urology and orthopaedics) on basic skill sets. These skill sets coincide with the modules presented in the Phase I National Curriculum.

Each VOP module includes objectives for the performance, guidelines of practice, instructions for VOP testing, and an evaluation tool. All residents receive protected time for the surgical skills lab, the additional practice time, and the testing time.

All PGY I surgery interns are required to complete 13 basic VOP procedures – suturing (3 sutures), knot tying (5 knots), central line access, surgical airway, chest tube insertion, arterial line placement, and basic laparoscopy skills (6 basic skills). PGY I General Surgery and Vascular Surgery residents are also required to complete five additional VOPs – laparoscopic cholecystectomy, arterial anastomosis, hand-sewn bowel anastomosis, colonoscopy, and upper endoscopy.

Emergency Medicine and Otolaryngology have also developed VOPs specific to their curriculum.

PGY I Emergency Medicine residents must complete a total of six VOPs – central venous catheterization, lumbar puncture, radial arterial line, tube thoracostomy, endotracheal intubation and emergency surgical airway. PGY I ENT residents are required to complete two VOP procedures – myringotomy tube placement and tracheostomy.

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