All new surgical techniques have a learning curve associated with them. Training in a lab complete with multiple simulation opportunities ensures that surgeons are experienced and adept at these sophisticated techniques before they enter the operating room. In fact, as minimally invasive surgical techniques continue to progress it is virtually impossible for residents to get good and safe training in an operating room, as was done in the past when large incisions allowed for multiple hands to safely engage in a procedure.
The NorthShore Center for Simulation and Innovation features 14 stations designed for state-of-the-art surgical simulation opportunities for training established surgeons, residents, medical students and other healthcare professionals, including surgical nurses, in a wide variety of procedures.
Computerized mannequins allow for excellent simulation of a full range of real life situations—from a drop in heart rate to other potential difficulties. The simulators can be used to teach surgeons how best to prevent complications as well as how to react to a variety of authentic surgical scenarios.
Comprehensive Range of Disciplines and Subspecialties
The Surgical Simulation Program is intended for and has indeed benefited all surgical subspecialties as well as some medical subspecialties. Recent training programs have involved specialists and students from ENT, gastroenterology, general surgery, interventional cardiology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, urology and many other disciplines.
Virtually all interactions with patients can be simulated here. The Center provides excellent training opportunities for physicians, nurses and physician assistants and includes mock exam rooms.
Trauma Team Training
The Surgical Simulation Program provides an exceptional venue for trauma and team training for medical professionals including first responders, nurses, technicians and surgeons. Simulators can be programmed to replicate real trauma conditions and complications.
Area high school students can take advantage of outreach programs that help students explore medical careers and provide an opportunity to learn how to use robotic surgery simulators.