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Surgical Skills Lab

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There is a dedicated surgical skills lab located on the third floor at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis. Skills sessions are also at several off-site locations, including Wesley Medical Center and the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. The skills lab is in process of obtaining a focused AEI certification from the American College of Surgeons.

PGY-1 residents have scheduled sessions twice each month. The manner of these labs follows the ACS Surgery Skills Curriculum Phase 1 for those sessions applicable to the residents' needs. There are formal curriculums for robotic surgery and endoscopic surgery which residents complete during their training and additional sessions pertinent to resident development are added as needed.

Although the PGY-1s utilize the lab the majority of the time, specialized labs for upper-level residents are also scheduled and include utilization of the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) trainer to help prepare them for FLS testing.

The following is a list of some of our skills sessions:

  • Knot-tying
  • Suturing
  • Instrument identification
  • Emergent chest opening after coronary bypass
  • Cricothyroidectomy
  • FAST exam
  • Chest X-Ray interpretation
  • Introduction to ventilator & ventilator management
  • Urologic procedures & instruments
  • CT review of head, neck, chest and abdomen
  • Ultrasound - basic physics
  • Ultrasound - application (head, neck, abdomen)
  • Colonoscopy
  • Wound vacs
  • Vascular anastomosis
  • Surgeon as a communicator
  • Chronic wounds, wound care, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • EGD and surgical drains

Upper Level Sessions:

  • Breast ultrasound
  • Introduction to FLS
  • Introduction to FES
  • Intracorporeal suturing
  • VATS (Video Assisted Thorascopy)
  • Common bile duct exploration via cystic duct
  • Robotic simulator
  • Vascular anastamosis
  • Pig lab heart dissection
Last modified: Oct 02, 2018
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Department of Surgery

KU School of Medicine-Wichita
929 N. St. Francis, Room #3082
Wichita, KS 67214
(316) 268-5990

Dawn Fountain, C-TAGME
General Surgery Residency Coordinator