Am I responsible for recording my role as 1st assistant on a case?

Yes. In the past, it may have been your Program’s protocol that a junior or senior resident was responsible for logging the roles of all residents (i.e. primary surgeon, 1st assistant, and second assistant) involved in a surgical procedure.  The new RSL is designed so that each resident records his or her own role in each case. This allows each resident to manage their own surgical log and allows Training Programs access to more accurate accreditation reporting.

Will that mean that certain cases will be entered twice?

Yes. In instances where multiple residents participate in a surgical procedure, and each records their own role, the surgical case will be entered multiple times. Each resident should record the case using the same Patient ID/MRN number. This will ensure accurate case reports.

Can I record my experience as a second assistant?

No. The purpose of this RSL is to capture experiences of the primary surgeon, first assistant, and any anesthesia procedures.  The resident should be an operating surgeon or first assistant to an oral and maxillofacial surgery attending staff memberFirst assistant to a resident surgeon does not count for accreditation numbers. You are welcome to maintain a personal log of experiences as second assistant. 

For more information, review How To Use Roles When Logging Cases 


How do I record a Bilateral Sagittal Split Osteotomy of the Mandible With Rigid Fixation in the RSL?

Review the Procedure Specific Scenario Tutorials for information on to record this, as well as other procedure scenarios.  


How do I record anesthesia administered in on-service activities? 

Choose the appropriate role: “primary surgeon + anesthesiologist” or just  “anesthesiologist” from the Roles drop down list.

Then, select the anesthesia administered from the procedures drop down list, under the Anesthesia category (first category listed). You can choose from Moderate, General, or Deep Sedation.  


How do I record off service cases?

To record off-service procedures (excluding off-service anesthesia cases), select the “Procedure Log” activity type, and choose your role as “Off Service Procedure” and complete the fields as appropriate. View this article for more information.

To record off-service anesthesia cases, select the “Off Service Anesthesia Log” activity type and complete the fields as appropriate. View this article for more information.


How do I review and download my case logs?

Residents can view and download their own personal case log. Click here for more information. 

RSL Administrators can view case entries submitted by residents and download all, or subsets of the case entries. Click here for more information. 



What is the purpose of the check box: “Procedure performed as a result of complication from prior procedure performed by your Program’s OMS surgical team”?

This should be used only when you are performing a procedure to resolve or address a complication that was a result of a procedure performed by a resident in your program. You would not check this box if a GP resident pushes a tooth into the maxillary sinus, which then requires the OMS resident to perform a Caldwal Luc. This new indicator is intended to assist your Program Director in measuring outcomes within your Training Program. 


Why am I asked to evaluate my personal competence and confidence in each case?

While this is an optional feature, the self-evaluation allows you to honestly assess your surgical technique and, over time, see it evolve. Due to varying state laws, please check with your Program Director and/or hospital legal department before using this feature. 



How long will the RSL on dds4dds be available? 

Data from the RSL on dds4dds will not be transferred.

  • Procedures performed on or before June 30, 2016 should have been recorded in the RSL on dds4dds.com.
  • Procedures performed on or after July 1, 2016 must be recorded in the new RSL on residentsurgicallog.com.

The RSL on dds4dds was made accessible through June 30, 2017

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