A successful model for laparoscopic training in Mongolia

Gabriela Vargas, Raymond R. Price, Orgoi Sergelen, Byadran Lkhagvabayar, Pandaan Batcholuun, Tsiiregzen Enkhamagalan

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The benefits of laparoscopic surgery have not been available to the majority of Mongolians. Mongolian surgical leaders requested assistance in expanding laparoscopy. A capacity-building approach for teaching laparoscopic cholecystectomy throughout Mongolia is reviewed. A laparoscopic cholecystectomy training program was developed. The program included a didactic course and an intensive 2-week practical operating experience. Courses were taught in Ulaanbataar and at 3 of the 4 regional diagnostic referral and treatment centers from 2006 to 2010. During this training period, a total of 303 teaching laparoscopic cholecystectomies were performed. There was one common bile duct injury and one duodenal injury. The conversion rate was 2.0%. This program has been successful in creating a self-sustaining practice of training. The traditional surgical approach to gallbladder disease in Mongolia has been challenged and has, in turn, been a stimulus for improvement in the medical community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-371
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Cholecystectomy
  • Cholecystectomy laparoscopic/education
  • Developing countries
  • Laparoscopic
  • Laparoscopy/economics
  • Laparoscopy/standards
  • Mongolia
  • Specialties surgical/education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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