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Practice makes perfect at surgical skills center

But at some point, young students and physician residents at USC will have to put down the heavy tomes and pick up a scalpel or a needle holder to begin the work of making patients better.

To help them reach that goal as skillfully as possible, the Department of Surgery in the Keck School of Medicine of USC provides them with a variety of simulation options to teach procedural-based skills. This provides the opportunity to practice — and practice some more — before they ever touch a patient.

“Historically, a student’s first experience performing simple procedures on a patient occurred in a clinical and often stressful setting,” said Maura Sullivan, associate professor of clinical surgery. Now students and young physicians can hone their skills in an environment that is safe, but also real enough to mimic the stress of a real-life situation. “It sounds really simple, but practicing those skills first is important.”

Originally built as one room at its opening in 2000, the Surgical Skills Simulation and Education Center has expanded to include three distinct facilities scattered across the Health Sciences Campus. These facilities include an inanimate laboratory, which houses a virtual operating room (OR), an animate facility and a fresh tissue dissection laboratory.

The labs offer vastly different opportunities for students, as well as residents and seasoned doctors from every discipline who want to learn a new technique or practice an old one.

“Having three facilities allows us to design the most optimal training environment,” Sullivan said.

The inanimate lab features laparoscopic and endoscopic simulators, a virtual OR, a simulation suite and numerous bench models for practicing procedures.

The animate lab provides the opportunity to work on live animal models mimicking full surgical procedures.

The fresh-tissue dissection lab, run in partnership with the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, provides access to cadavers used for resident education.

A perfused model recently was developed to completely simulate the realism of surgical procedures. Understanding the benefits of improving patient safety, LAC+USC has provided a generous grant allowing all residents the ability to benefit from this unique educational resource.

“Our various training facilities provide an opportunity to expose physicians to invasive skills at an earlier time in their training,” said Craig Baker, vice chair of surgical education and program director for thoracic surgery. “We expect this will create more qualified and competent physicians and improve patient safety and outcomes in the future.”

A simulation is any procedure that is done in a nonclinical setting with the goal of learning and honing procedural skills.

“It can be tying knots with a piece of rope,” Sullivan said. “It can be suturing on a pig’s foot. You don’t need the highest technology to teach the simple skills.”

Simulation specialist Mike Minneti added: “It’s not just going through the motions. These simulators model real-life procedures and allow trainees to gain proficiency in a nonstressful environment. They have to use the needle in the same way it’s done in a clinical setting.”

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Practice makes perfect at surgical skills center

August 8, 2013

Becoming a doctor requires years of attending lectures, watching PowerPoint presentations and reading stacks of thick textbooks filled with charts and graphs.

But at some point, young students and physician residents at USC will have to put down the heavy tomes and pick up a scalpel or a needle holder to begin the work of making patients better.

To help them reach that goal as skillfully as possible, the Department of Surgery in the Keck School of Medicine of USC provides them with a variety of simulation options to teach procedural-based skills. This provides the opportunity to practice — and practice some more — before they ever touch a patient.

“Historically, a student’s first experience performing simple procedures on a patient occurred in a clinical and often stressful setting,” said Maura Sullivan, associate professor of clinical surgery. Now students and young physicians can hone their skills in an environment that is safe, but also real enough to mimic the stress of a real-life situation. “It sounds really simple, but practicing those skills first is important.”

Originally built as one room at its opening in 2000, the Surgical Skills Simulation and Education Center has expanded to include three distinct facilities scattered across the Health Sciences Campus. These facilities include an inanimate laboratory, which houses a virtual operating room (OR), an animate facility and a fresh tissue dissection laboratory.

The labs offer vastly different opportunities for students, as well as residents and seasoned doctors from every discipline who want to learn a new technique or practice an old one.

“Having three facilities allows us to design the most optimal training environment,” Sullivan said.

The inanimate lab features laparoscopic and endoscopic simulators, a virtual OR, a simulation suite and numerous bench models for practicing procedures.

The animate lab provides the opportunity to work on live animal models mimicking full surgical procedures.

The fresh-tissue dissection lab, run in partnership with the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, provides access to cadavers used for resident education.

A perfused model recently was developed to completely simulate the realism of surgical procedures. Understanding the benefits of improving patient safety, LAC+USC has provided a generous grant allowing all residents the ability to benefit from this unique educational resource.

“Our various training facilities provide an opportunity to expose physicians to invasive skills at an earlier time in their training,” said Craig Baker, vice chair of surgical education and program director for thoracic surgery. “We expect this will create more qualified and competent physicians and improve patient safety and outcomes in the future.”

A simulation is any procedure that is done in a nonclinical setting with the goal of learning and honing procedural skills.

“It can be tying knots with a piece of rope,” Sullivan said. “It can be suturing on a pig’s foot. You don’t need the highest technology to teach the simple skills.”

Simulation specialist Mike Minneti added: “It’s not just going through the motions. These simulators model real-life procedures and allow trainees to gain proficiency in a nonstressful environment. They have to use the needle in the same way it’s done in a clinical setting.”

– See more at: http://news.usc.edu/#!/article/53930/practice-makes-perfect-at-surgical-skills-center/


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