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Surgical Skills Lab

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The Surgical Skills Lab is on the third floor at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis. Since inception, ongoing progress has been made to refine lab sessions. Most skills sessions are on Thursday afternoons. The manner of these labs follows the ACS Surgery Skills Curriculum for those sessions applicable to resident needs and development. Though the PG-1 and PG-2 residents utilize the lab sessions the majority of the time, specially tailored labs for upper level residents are also scheduled. Prior to each lab, specific goals and objectives are sent to the residents involved in the session. At the completion of the lab, an evaluation and assessment are completed by the residents and the instructors as well as debriefing by the instructors. This process allows ongoing improvement and refinement as needed for future endeavors and keeps the program accountable with the Accreditation by the American College of Surgeons as an Accredited Education Institute (focused level).

The Skills Lab also plays an integral part in the MS-4 boot camp which is conducted for medical students planning to pursue a surgery or surgically related residency. Skills in the lab are enhanced with the scheduled ACS Ultrasound Course, ABLS and ATLS.

Specific Teaching Models

  • The Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) trainers are utilized to assist the residents prepare for the FLS testing.
  • The GI MENTOR Simulator allows the resident to practice upper and lower endoscopy to prepare for the Fundamentals of Endoscopy (FES) testing.
  • The LAP MENTOR Simulator adds more challenging suture assignments plus cholecystectomy, sigmoid colon resection and Nissen Fundoplication.
  • The robotic simulator training modules are utilized by the residents to prepare for robotic cases.
  • Central Line Man is utilized for teaching Central Venous Access.
  • A full-sized manikin is used for critical case scenarios.

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

  • Knot-tying
  • Suturing
  • Instrument Identification
  • Emergent chest opening after coronary bypass
  • Cricothyroidectomy
  • FAST exam in Trauma
  • Chest X-Ray Interpretation
  • Chest Tubes
  • Introduction to Ventilator & Ventilator Management
  • CT review of head, neck, chest and abdomen
  • Ultrasound - Basic Physics
  • Ultrasound - Application (head, neck, abdomen)
  • Sono guided central line placement
  • EGD and Surgical Drains
  • AV Fistulas
  • Colonoscopy
  • Wound Vacs
  • Vascular Anastomosis
  • Surgeon as a communicator
  • Chronic Wounds, Wound Care, and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Introduction to Critical Care and SICU

Upper Level Sessions:

  • Breast Ultrasound
  • Introduction to FLS (Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Suturing)
  • Introduction to FES (Fundamentals of Endoscopic Suturing)
  • Intracorporeal suturing
  • VATS (Video Assisted Thorascopy)
  • Common Bile Duct Exploration via cystic duct
  • Robotic simulator
  • Vascular Anastomosis
  • Vascular Stents
  • Pig lab heart dissection
  • EVAR Simulation
  • REBOA Simulation

Carotid Simulation Lab

Last modified: Sep 14, 2021
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Department of Surgery

KU School of Medicine-Wichita
929 N. St. Francis, Room #3082
Wichita, KS 67214

Dawn Fountain
General Surgery Residency Coordinator