The USC Surgical Skills Simulation and Education Center encompasses 3 state-of-the-art educational facilities providing the ideal environment to teach fundamental and advanced technical skills and procedures. Based on the philosophy that skills are better learned when afforded the opportunity for deliberate practice in a controlled environment, our Center has become the premier location in Southern California for Surgical Skills Training and Assessment.
The Mission of the Center is to provide an environment where students, residents, and practicing physicians can learn and hone their technical skills prior to performing procedures on a patient. Traditionally, these skills have been taught at the bedside or in the operating room on real patients. With the explosion of recent technology and simulation models, the rising cost and unavailability of operating room time, the increasing complexity of procedures and devices, the risk associated with practicing procedures on real patients, and the economic and developmental pressures to limit the length of training, medical and surgical educators are forced to "re-think" the traditional ways of training current and future physicians.
The Center has the facilities and equipment needed to provide a comprehensive approach to surgical education. It is comprised of a Technical Skills Laboratory, two Simulation Suites, a Fresh Tissue Dissection Laboratory (FTDL), and an animate facility.
The Technical Skills Laboratory is capable of handling approximately 30 trainees for educational and training sessions. The Technical Skills laboratory is comprised of 8 work stations that are arranged to accommodate various courses. Each station is equipped with Storz endoscopic drivers, Ethicon endoscopic instruments a height adjustable table and HD monitor. This Laboratory also houses two virtual laparoscopic trainers for individual practice and eight duplex laparoscopic trainers for practicing surgical dexterity and training muscle memory.
The Simulation Laboratory Suites are home to: a beating heart simulator, where entire open heart procedures from cannulation and initiation of bypass to weaning and decannulation can be performed, a laparoscopic simulator, where entire laparoscopic procedures can be performed from trocar placement through cholecystectomy, as well as a critical care simulator that is put into use for training physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and pharmacy students in mock emergency situations. These simulation suites not only accommodate training the surgeon on the proper steps of the procedure, but allow for training and assessment of the entire operating room or critical care team depending on the session.
The entire facility is supported by a state-of-the-art audio-visual system designed by Stryker Communications and has teleconferencing capabilities.
The Fresh Tissue Dissection Lab with 5 tables can accommodate up to 30 learners within the various rooms. New to this lab is the Simulated Operating Room Environment (SORE) where technical skills are combined with leadership skills to test the learners while performing common and non-common procedures while in an environment that mimics a typical operating room.
The Animate facility with is used primarily for animal labs and is comprised of 8 surgery stations fully equipped to facilitate advanced open and endoscopic procedures.
The Center has an established curriculum that has become an integral component of the Surgical Resident Training Program. "Intern Boot camp" is a program for incoming surgical interns that provide them with the surgical skills that they will require during their first year of training. Subsequent to this course, PGY 2-4 residents participate in a curriculum that encompasses training modules specific to each surgical discipline. In addition to resident training, the Center holds several workshops aimed at teaching medical students basic procedural skills and holds several industry sponsored CME courses.
The USC Surgical Skills and Education Center provides the ideal environment to teach and evaluate procedural and technical skills for all disciplines. If you are interested in using the Center please contact us for a tour of the facilities.
Minimally Invasive Training
Below is the minimally invasive cardiac training model developed at the Surgical Skills Simulation & Education Center.
Surgical Skills Simulation
and Education Center
USC Keck School of Medicine
Department of Surgery
2250 Alcazar Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Office: (323) 442-0349
Fax: (323) 442-0350