Educational Curriculum 2017-06-27T16:40:53+00:00

Skills and Simulation

With the reduction in resident work hours and continually increasing caseload, acquiring the necessary skills for surgical training and still maintaining patient safety and operating room efficiency is an ongoing challenge in surgical education.  The skills lab provides a forum where surgical technique and decision-making can be taught in a low stress environment to all resident levels using models and simulators.

Mission Statement
The mission of the surgical skills laboratory at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is to provide resident trainees with both technical training in basic operative procedures and cognitive training in simulated critical care encounters as a means to improve patient safety, operating room efficiency, and the overall educational experience.

Suture and Needle Orientation
Asepsis, Instrument Orientation
Knot Tying
Basic Skin Closure
Trauma Procedures
Surgical Energy (Cautery, Harmonic)
Central Line Placement
Basic Ultrasound
Chest tube, thoracentesis, paracentesis
Basic laparascopic skills
Chronic wound management and VAC placement
Surgical Biopsy
Vascular Anastomosis – Graft
FAST exam
Simulation Scenarios
Cadaver lab/prosections
Live Pig lab

Advanced Laparascopic Skills
Laparascopic Cholecystectomy
Bowel Anastomosis
Vascular Anastomosis
Stapled Bowel Anastomosis
Simulation Scenarios
Cadaver lab/prosections
Live Pig lab

Bowel Anastomosis
Vascular Anastomosis
Laparascopic Ventral Hernia Repair Simulator
Stapled Bowel Anastomosis
Simulation Scenarios
Cadaver lab/prosections

ATLS
FLS skills
Simulation Scenarios
Cadaver lab/prosections

Simulation Scenarios
Cadaver lab/prosections
Live Pig lab

Surgery Conferences

Morbidity and Mortality
Held weekly at 7:30AM, this conference is attended by all surgical residents and faculty. Residents present surgical complications and review related literature.

Grand Rounds
Held monthly at 8:30AM, this conference is attended by all surgical residents and faculty. The focus of this conference is to present current advances in surgical therapy.

GI conference
Held weekly at 11:15AM, complex hepatobiliary, pancreatic, upper GI, and colorectal cases are presented by the medical and surgical services for multidisciplinary management.

Endocrine
This conference is held monthly. Complex thyroid, parathyroid, pancreatic neuroendocrine, and adrenal cases are presented by the endocrine and surgical services (ENT and GI/Onc) for multidisciplinary management.

Vascular Conference
Attended by interventional radiology and vascular surgery services, this conference is held weekly at 10:15AM. Complex vascular cases are discussed for open and endovascular management.

Vascular Teaching Conference
This conference is attended by the Vascular Surgery fellows and surgery residents rotating through the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery services. It focuses on core vascular topics and serves to prepare trainees for the ABSITE and VSITE examinations. Topics are presented by the faculty every two weeks on Wednesdays at 11:00AM.

Multidisciplinary Tumor Boards
General and Breast. Each conference is held weekly, General on Wednesdays at Noon and Breast on Tuesdays at 12:30PM. Attended by Medical Oncology, Surgery, Radiology, Pathology and other ancillary services, cancer cases are discussed.

Pulmonary Conference
Held weekly on Tuesday afternoon, pulmonary cases are presented by the pulmonary service and thoracic surgery services.

Trauma Conference
Held weekly, trauma topics are presented by rotating residents and cases are discussed. Each month, this conference is combined with the emergency medicine residents.

ABSITE Review
This conference is attended by all surgery residents and focuses on the in-training exam. Topics are presented by the faculty every two weeks on Wednesdays at 8:30AM. A short quiz is distributed in advance to the residents and the answers are reviewed by the group.

Case Based Review
Faculty present cases for the residents to work through as a group, focusing on standards in diagnosis and therapy of surgical diseases.

Journal Club
Research residents take sides on a controversial topic in surgery, presenting key articles to support their “side” of the argument in a point-counterpoint format.

Mock Oral Boards
Senior residents take the ‘hot seat’ in front of an audience of surgical faculty and residents, responding to mock oral board scenarios.

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