[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: : At the current time, technical skills are not directly evaluated by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) as part of the certification process in urology. Rather, the RCPSC relies on the evaluation of Program Directors to ensure that trainees have acquired the necessary surgical skills.
: An electronic survey was sent out to the members of the Canadian Academy of Urological Surgeons (CAUS), including the 13 Canadian urology program directors, to assess the teaching and evaluation of technical skills of urology trainees.
: The response rate was 37% (33/89), including 8 of the 13 (62%) Program Directors from across Canada. For the teaching of technical skills, most programs had access to live animal laboratories (69%), dedicated teaching time in simulation (59%) and physical training models (59%). Most relied on voluntary faculty. There was a wide variety of structured evaluations for technical skills used across programs, while 36% of respondents did not use structured evaluations. For trainees with deficiencies in technical skills, 67% of programs offered extra operative time with designated faculty, 26% offered additional simulation focused on the deficiency and 19% offered faculty tutorial sessions.
: Among Canadian urology residency programs, there is considerable variability in the assessment of technical skills of trainees. Standardized objective assessment tools would help ensure that all trainees have acquired adequate surgical proficiency to operate independently.
Canadian Urological Association journal = Journal de l'Association des urologues du Canada 06/2012; 6(3):168-74. · 1.66 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The current Canadian Urological Association (CUA) guideline recommends two 24-hour urine collections in the metabolic evaluation for patients with urolithiasis. The aim of the present study was to compare two consecutive 24-hour urine collections in patients with a history of urolithiasis presenting to a tertiary stone clinic.
We retrospectively reviewed 188 patients who had two 24-hour collections upon presentation between January 2010 and December 2010. Samples were collected on consecutive days and examined for the following 11 urinary parameters: volume, creatinine, sodium, calcium, uric acid, citrate, oxalate, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium and urea nitrogen. For each parameter, the absolute value of the difference between the two samples rather than the direct difference was compared with zero. Similarly, the percent difference between samples was calculated for each parameter.
The means of the absolute differences between the two samples were significantly different for all 11 urinary parameters (p < 0.0001). The percent differences for all urinary parameters ranged from 20.5% to 34.2%. Furthermore, 17.1% to 47.6% of patients had a change from a value within normal limits to an abnormal value, or vice-versa. Significance was maintained when patients with incomplete or over-collections were excluded.
Significant variations among the two 24-hour urine collections were observed in all of the 11 urinary parameters analyzed. This variation may change clinical decision-making in up to 47.6% of patients if only a single 24-hour urine collection is obtained. The present study supports the CUA guideline of performing two 24-hour urine collections.
Canadian Urological Association journal = Journal de l'Association des urologues du Canada 02/2012; 6(1):30-3. · 1.66 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to develop angiopoietin-1 (Ang1)-expressing genetically modified human adipose tissue derived stem cells (hASCs) for myocardial therapy. For this, an efficient gene delivery system using recombinant baculovirus complexed with cell penetrating transactivating transcriptional activator TAT peptide/deoxyribonucleic acid nanoparticles (Bac-NP), through ionic interactions, was used. It was hypothesized that the hybrid Bac- NP(Ang1) system can efficiently transduce hASCs and induces favorable therapeutic effects when transplanted in vivo. To evaluate this hypothesis, a rat model with acute myocardial infarction and intramyocardially transplanted Ang1-expressing hASCs (hASC-Ang1), genetically modified by Bac-NP(Ang1), was used. Ang1 is a crucial pro-angiogenic factor for vascular maturation and neovasculogenesis. The released hAng1 from hASC-Ang1 demonstrated profound mitotic and anti-apoptotic activities on endothelial cells and cardiomyocytes. The transplanted hASC-Ang1 group showed higher cell retention compared to hASC and control groups. A significant increase in capillary density and reduction in infarct sizes were noted in the infarcted hearts with hASC-Ang1 treatment compared to infarcted hearts treated with hASC or the untreated group. Furthermore, the hASC-Ang1 group showed significantly higher cardiac performance in echocardiography (ejection fraction 46.28% ± 6.3%, P < 0.001 versus control, n = 8) than the hASC group (36.35% ± 5.7%, P < 0.01, n = 8), 28 days post-infarction. The study identified Bac-NP complex as an advanced gene delivery vehicle for stem cells and demonstrated its potential to treat ischemic heart disease with high therapeutic index for combined stem cell-gene therapy strategy.
International Journal of Nanomedicine 01/2012; 7:663-82. · 4.20 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Introduction. Bone-marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been studied for treatment of myocardial infarction (MI). Since MSCs from older donors show quantitative and qualitative senescent changes, we hypothesized that a better outcome may be achieved if aged recipients are given MSCs obtained from young donors, rather than using their own autologous MSCs. Methods. In vitro studies compared properties of young and old MSCs. Aged rats randomized into 3 groups underwent coronary artery ligations and were then injected with either old (O) or young (Y) MSCs, or ligation alone. Echocardiography evaluated ejection fractions (EF). At 16 weeks, scar deposition was analyzed. Results. Old MSCs exhibited decreased cell viability, proliferation, and differentiation potentials. EF significantly improved early in both cell therapy groups (P < .05). However, at later stages of the study, group Y showed significantly better function which correlated with decreased scar deposition. Conclusions. The significant difference between young and old cells indicates the possible advantage for allotransplanting MSCs from young donors to elderly patients with MI.
Journal of tissue engineering. 01/2011; 2011:741213.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The mechanism by which marrow stromal cells (MSCs) improve cardiac function after myocardial infarction (MI) is still unclear. Because MI patients with lower circulating proinflammatory/antiinflammatory cytokine ratios have been reported to have a better prognosis and in vitro studies showed that MSCs express antiinflammatory cytokines, we hypothesized that changes in cytokine ratios in the infarct microenvironment after MSC therapy may play a role in improving early cardiac function after MI.
Sixty-three rats that survived left coronary artery ligations were injected with culture media (group M) or MSCs (group C). Cardiac functional changes were assessed with echocardiography. Cytokine gene expressions of interleukin (IL)-1beta, IL-6, IL-8, (proinflammatory) and IL-10 (antiinflammatory) were quantified by real-time polymerase chain reaction. Extracellular matrix deposition, injury score, and the matrix metallopeptidase 2/tissue inhibitor of metallopeptidase 1 ratio were also analyzed.
The ratio of proinflammatory/antiinflammatory cytokine gene expression was decreased in group C at various times, particularly in the early postoperative period. In group C, the matrix metallopeptidase 2/tissue inhibitor of metallopeptidase 1 gene expression ratio was significantly lower than group M at the early phase (12 hours), which in group C was translated into significantly lower extracellular matrix deposition at 24 hours, 1, and 2 weeks. Functional recovery was also significantly better in cell therapy group C.
Our data demonstrate that MSC therapy decreases the proinflammatory/antiinflammatory cytokine ratio in the microenvironment early after MI. This is associated with subsequent less scar formation and improved cardiac function.
The Annals of thoracic surgery 07/2010; 90(1):190-7. · 3.45 Impact Factor