Education Facilities

The Department of Surgery is equipped with modern simulation centers to aid all levels of trainees in surgery technique. These advanced facilities provide a location for the cardiothoracic surgery field to introduce new surgical techniques and instrumentation as well as new methods of surgical skills to practicing physicians and trainees, thereby improving patient safety through focused and structured preparation and practice for the operating room.

Surgical Skills Center

The Surgical Skills Center within the Department of Surgery at IU School of Medicine offers premier learning opportunities for medical students and residents in a low-stakes environment that promotes the observation, repetition, acquisition and assessment of surgical skills. Under the direction of Don Selzer, MD and Daniel McKenna, MD, the Surgical Skills Center involves all major surgical training programs with scheduled sessions throughout the academic year and provides a location for the surgical field to introduce new techniques and instrumentation. In the center, trainees can practice advanced methods of surgical skills. The center improves patient safety through focused and structured preparation of surgeons-in-training for the operating room.

Center for Surgical Training

The IU School of Medicine Center for Surgical Technology provides the opportunity for medical students and residents to practice—and be evaluated—on surgical techniques. Under the close supervision of surgical faculty and technicians, trainees receive immediate feedback after simulating operative procedures. Trainees are exposed to multiple computer simulators, including colonoscopy, bronchoscopy, intravenous access, laparoscopy and complex simulated patients. Through the generosity of various surgical corporations, a wide variety of inanimate and animate models are available to demonstrate and practice traditional open and revolutionary laparoscopic techniques.

A curriculum commensurate with a trainee’s level begins with simple suturing and ends with advance laparoscopic procedures, including intestinal anastomosis during the chief resident year. In addition to monthly sessions for general surgery residents, the center also provides support for third- and fourth-year medical student surgical clerkships, continued medical education programs offering advanced surgical techniques in all surgical disciplines, and national surgical initiatives including Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM). The Center for Surgical Training is a vital component of the Department of Surgery’s education program that is continually advancing to meet the needs of modern surgical training.

Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills Center

The Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills Center (CTSCC) at IU School of Medicine offers advanced learning opportunities for cardiothoracic surgery residents and fellows in a low-stakes environment that promotes the observation, repetition, acquisition and assessment of surgical skills. Simulation models used within the center include the Kindheart Cardiac Surgery Simulator, the Chamberlain Group Heart Case and the Chamberlain Group VATS simulator. All cardiothoracic surgical residents and fellows have scheduled sessions in this center throughout their training years.