Once a month the Sinai resident attends the Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery Grand Rounds. This activity is followed by two to three hours of hands-on experience in the state-of-the-art animal operative lab. Junior residents practice procedures such as central venous access, tube thoracostomy, pericardiocentesis and basic suturing techniques in five to six training modules. Senior residents, under supervision by faculty, perform operations on (almost) human-sized swine and learn about specific exposures and pitfalls in over 12 training modules. "It does feel different to stand on the other side of the table and make all of the decisions."
Together with practice on minimally invasive simulators at Sinai and the ATOM. course, this type of training will provide the resident with greater skills and confidence for the operating room.
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The MASTRI Center officially opened its doors on December 6, 2006 with the dual goals of providing world-class simulation and state-of-the-art training in a cross-disciplinary setting to a diverse constituencyand of providing innovation and research in regard to simulation, training and practice, with particular focus on how users learn and adapt to new technologies.
The Center resources are tightly integrated into the program's educational curriculum to provide skill enhancement for both medical students and surgery residents.and the Center is certified as both a Level I Comprehensive Education Institute by the American College of Surgeons and a certified testing center for the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Skills (FLS).
The Sinai surgical resident will attend hands on proctored monthly training sessions that encompass basic laparoscopic and endoscopic skills and will prepare the resident to successfully acquire the FLS certification. In addition residents will practice on high-fidelity laparoscopic and endoscopic trainers to acquire specific procedural skills.