Educational Opportunities

Surgical Skills Laboratory PGY Level-Specific Sessions

In the Surgical Skills Lab, techniques are taught in a low-pressure, relaxed environment where learning is the focus, not getting things done. It is directed more to the learner as opposed to the task. Overall, junior residents — who have greater need for formal instruction — are more involved in the labs. However, residents in all years of the training program participate in the labs, and as they gain experience, the tasks become more complex.

Learning opportunities available for interns and residents include:

Boot Camp – Master's suturing program, surgical airway, airway management, chest tubes, basics of laparoscopy, stapling, energy sources, central line, arterial lines, IVs, foley catheters, NG tubes, surgical biopsy, plain films and common management problems.

Junior level – Mock codes, FLS, laparoscopic cholecystectomy and splenectomy, bowel anastomosis and stoma construction, upper and lower endoscopy, bronchoscopy, mastectomy and axillary dissection, thyroidectomy, trauma, skin grafts and flaps, vascular anastomosis, open and laparoscopic hernia repair.

Senior level – FLS, robotics, thoracotomy, laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication and other GI procedures, liver resection, laparoscopic colectomy, pancreatectomy, splenectomy, adrenalectomy, trauma, renal transplant, AAA repair, and neck dissection.

Surgical Skills Labs are held on Wednesday morning in the Clinical Sciences Research Building, the General Surgery Residency office on the ninth floor of Wohl Hospital Building, and the Howard and Joyce Wood Simulation Center.