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International survey on education and training for minimally invasive surgery


Dear Colleagues,

thank you very much for taking the time to participate in our survey on education and training for minimally invasive surgery.

Minimally invasive surgery is an important part of our surgical profession. In some cases minimally invasive surgery is used more frequently than other approaches. Nevertheless, education and training for minimally invasive surgery vary widely, influencing the training of the next generation of surgeons.

The purpose of this survey is to globally map and compare the realities and circumstances of training and educational opportunities in minimally invasive surgery.


About the survey:

  • This survey will take approximately 10 minutes.
  • Your responses will be collected and analyzed anonymously, so no conclusions about you or your employer will be possible.
  • For better comparability, this survey primarily targets surgical specialties that perform minimally invasive surgery in the abdominal cavity.


In this survey we are focusing on the most common minimally invasive surgical procedures. Therefore, the following terms will be used restrictively throughout the survey:

- minimally invasive surgery = summary of laparoscopic, thoracoscopic, and robot-assisted surgery.

- explicitly excluded is: flexible endoscopy


The results of this study will be evaluated anonymously and eventually published!
The completion of the survey will be considered as consent to participate!

Ethics approval number: BO-EK-59012021 (Ethics commission at Technical University Dresden)

Conductor of the survey: Research group "minimally invasive Surgery" at the Department of Visceral, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery at University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden
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There are 53 questions in this survey.