Surgical Skills Training

Operative experience

The following chart highlights operative experience across the program. Listed by case volume and ACGME defined category.

Skills Training in the Simulation Lab

Surgical skills training curricula have have been developed for residents which include both cognitive and psychomotor objectives. 
Simulation models include low fidelity and high fidelity systems. 
Residents are provided with both background reading and procedural videos to enhance the simulation time. Instructors include both junior and senior faculty members from the department.

At the conclusion of the yearly curricula, resident skills are assessed via OSATS (Objectives Structured Assessment of Technical Skills). 
Communication skills and professionalism are assessed via an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination).

Skill sessions occur in the Surgical Skills Lab, Simulation Perioperative Resource for Teaching and Learning (SimPORTAL), 5th floor of the Mayo Building, or in the Inter-Professional Education Resource Center (IERC), 2nd floor of the Phillips-Wangensteen Building.

Skill topics include:

PGY-1 Resident (two-hour session blocks)

  • Critical Response (three sessions)
    • Responding to hypoxia/hypotension/glucose and electrolyte abnormalities
    • Responding to cardiac arrhythmias and VAD / pacer skills
    • Critical skills performance simulation
  • Surgical airway
  • Asepsis and skin preparation
  • Instrument handling and identification
  • Suturing
  • Knot tying
  • Unit Exam (OSATS)
  • ACS ultrasound course (two sessions)
  • Arterial line placement
  • Central line placement
  • Family Conference OSCE
  • Introduction to laparoscopic skills

PGY-2 and PGY-3 (two-hour session blocks)

  • Advanced knot tying
  • Hand sewn bowel anastomosis
  • Vascular anastomosis
  • Stapled anastomosis
  • Advanced anastomosis
  • Anastomosis OSATS

PGY-4 and PGY-5 (independent practice)

  • Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Skills (FLS)
  • Simpraxis
  • Robotics