Surgical Simulation Lab Swings into Action

The Departments of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Ophthalmology, and Neurosurgery are pleased to announce the opening of the Multi-Disciplinary Surgical Simulation laboratory housed on the tenth floor of the McMillan Hospital Building on the Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) campus. This facility provides a state-of-the-art simulation platform for training and education in surgery of the Eyes, Ears, Nose, Throat, and Central Nervous System (Brain, Cranial Nerves, and blood vessels). The lab features the latest equipment and audiovisual resources to enhance the surgical training of medical students, residents, fellows and trained practitioners in the interrelated fields. Fourteen independent workstations are ventilated and drained to control environmental impacts.  Surgical microscopes, endoscopes, drills and suction/irrigation are used with a variety of instruments to interface with cadaveric and/or fabricated models to allow students the opportunity to learn and practice relevant anatomy and procedures in a risk-free environment. High definition cameras provide still image and video recordings for both real-time and archival review.  A touch screen router provides audiovisual integration of the various stations, maximizing exposure of the participants to varied experiences and conditions.

On Saturday, October 14, the lab hosted its first major event - a combined Neurosurgery/Otolaryngology training course, sponsored by Stryker Corporation. More than 30 residents, medical students and faculty spent the day practicing surgical approaches and becoming familiar with all the new equipment the lab has to offer.  Photographs of the event can be seen in the viewer below.  For additional information, or to schedule a tour of the facility, please contact Brian Faddis at 314-747-3665 or btfaddis@wustl.edu.