Background: Laparoscopic surgery is associated with a shallow learning curve. AnubiFiX embalming technique enables laparoscopic surgical training on supple embalmed and hence insufflatable human specimens in the dissection room. Aim of the present trial is to test whether dissection-based anatomy education is superior to classical frontal classroom education on the short and long term.
Methods: A total of 112 medical students were randomized in three groups. Group I attended classroom education, group II laparoscopic dissection-based education and group III received both. All groups completed an anatomy test on human specimens before, immediately after and 3 weeks after the anatomy training.
Results: Group II and III scored significantly better compared to group I immediately after the anatomy training (p I–II < 0.001, p I–III < 0.001). This difference was still significant after 3 weeks (p I–II < 0.001, p I–III < 0.001). No significant difference was found between group II and group III immediately after the course (p = 0.86), nor at the follow-up (p = 0.054).
Conclusions: The AnubiFiX™ embalming technique enables laparoscopic anatomy education in human specimens, with superior outcomes on the short and long term, as compared to classical frontal classroom education.

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Keywords Anatomy, Education, Endoscopy, Surgery
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Journal Surgical Endoscopy: surgical and interventional techniques
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