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Welcome to the AMPATH Surgical App (ASAP) Curriculum

In this module, you will create a framework to assess patients for possible acute appendicitis and learn the psychomotor skills necessary to complete an open appendectomy.

The module is broken into four main components: case presentation; building your model, complete procedure practice, and self-assessment. You can proceed through these components but it is recommended you proceed numerically.

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Syllabus[edit | edit source]

Learning Objectives[edit | edit source]

  • Describe the features of acute appendicitis.
  • Discuss a differential diagnosis for right lower quadrant pain.
  • Describe the steps of an open appendectomy.
  • Demonstrate the psychomotor skills necessary to complete an open appendectomy.
  • Demonstrate the benefits of mental imagery.

Phase 1 Case Presentation[edit | edit source]

The learner should study the content of knowledge pages 1&2 and then take the readiness test. It is highly recommended that the learner be familiar with this content before proceeding to the skill pages.

Phase 2 Building the Model with Basic Surgical Skills[edit | edit source]

The learner should review information in pages 1&2 and then build the open appendectomy model. The process of creating the model will be easier if information is previewed.

Phase 3 Skills Practice[edit | edit source]

The learner should review information in pages 1&2 prior to completing the open appendectomy. The specific steps described below form the foundation for the objective assessment.

Phase 4 Self Assessment[edit | edit source]

The learner should review the rubric for assessment. The rubric follows the cognitive task analysis for the procedure but provides insight into which components of practice are essential for safe surgery.