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.