The Surgery Simulation Center was established in 2003. It is located in the original Medical School building, and a combination lock provides surgical residents with 24-hour access year-round. State-of-the-art laparoscopic and endoscopic simulators are available.
Residents progress at their own pace through the minimally invasive surgery curriculum, with operative opportunities linked to their simulator skills progression. Simulator practice is supplemented by in vivo laboratory sessions for each post-graduate year group. A large textbook, CD-rom and video/DVD library of all laparoscopic techniques and procedures is also available in the Surgery Simulation Center, and these resources are constantly updated and expanded.
Using a porcine model, and under general surgery faculty supervision, the residents directly participate in performance of a variety of advanced laparoscopic procedures such as Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication, Laparoscopic Colectomy, and Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery. This is preceded by a didactic session that features lectures focusing purely on the technical aspect of the different procedures being practiced.