CDA Essentials 2018 • Volume 6 • Issue 1

residents learned a lot, the attendings learned about the technical skills, but also how best to teach these skills. So the outcome was more than just that of assessment, there was a collaborative educational experience for everyone.” Dr. Caminiti wants other specialty program directors across the country to be aware of the OMOSAT exam and would invite more faculties to join and scale up the test for future years. “The goal would be to use this as an annual assessment of all residents across Canada,” he says. “It could possibly be adapted for licensure, as we’ve seen occur in the medical profession.” Other possible uses for the test include the ability to predict future outcomes; monitoring resident advancement; feedback on the gaps or strengths in surgical programs; candidate selection during interview processes in some specialties; and perhaps even selecting future dental students using stations evaluating technical ability and decision-making. Dr. Caminiti wanted to thank and acknowledge the contributions of several colleagues who helped make this initial OMOSAT a success. Lisa Satterthwaite who is director of the Surgical Skills Centre at Mt. Sinai, without whom none of this would have been possible; Dr. Sandra deMontbrun of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, who designed an OSAT for general surgeons that has now been adopted across North America; and Victoria Driesman, a medical student from the University of Rochester in New York, who had experience with previous OSATs for general and colorectal surgery. “Their tireless efforts over a 4-month period led to the creation and success of this event,” he concludes. a To learn more about the OMOSAT exam, visit CDA Oasis: Students participate in the inaugural OMOSAT exam which took place at the Surgical Skills Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital. N ews and E vents 21 Issue 1 | 2019 |