General Surgery Residency

Simulation Laboratory Open

The Center for Innovative Learning, a $1.2 million laboratory dedicated to clinical education, opened in December in the first floor of the Atrium Health Navicent Peyton Anderson Health Education Center building. Patient simulators will allow learners in all Atrium Health Navicent education programs to practice patient care skills on dummies and high-tech computerized manikins without risk to patients. O.R., E.R., and critical care unit teams can practice procedures and resuscitations using team-based training scenarios (right). Virtual reality simulators will recreate minimally invasive procedures (left, bottom).

The goal is that all staff performing invasive procedures will be required to undergo training and certification in the Center before being allowed to perform them on human patients. Surgery residents will receive training in laparoscopic surgery and certification through the Funda- mentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) course of the American College of Surgeons. FLS certification is a requirement for certification by the American Board of Surgery. William K. (Kim) Thompson, M.D., Associate Professor, serves as medical director of the Center.