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Innovation and Research

The Grainger Center for Simulation and Innovation’s scholarly impact contributes to a growing transformation of surgical practice toward less invasive procedures that reduce patient complications, enhance patient safety and maximize patient benefit. We are dedicated to excellence in teaching, innovations in education and educational scholarship. As a premier surgical simulation center and powerful teaching resource, GCSI continues to improve the design, implementation and evaluation of surgical education and training curricula.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications
Wong HJ, Su B, Attaar M, Kuchta K, Linn JG, Denham W, Haggerty SP, Ujiki MB. Surgery. Teaching peroral endoscopic pyloromyotomy (POP) to practicing endoscopists: an “into-the-fire” approach to simulation 2021 Mar;169(3):502-507. doi: 10.1016/j.surg.2020.08.023. Epub 2020 Oct 3. PMID: 33023755

Nakazato T, Callahan Z, Kuchta K, Linn JG, Joehl RJ, Ujiki MB.  A 1-day simulation-based boot camp for incoming general surgery residents improves confidence and technical skills.  Surgery. 2019 Oct;166(4):572-579. (PMID 31399217)

Kishiki T, Su B, Johnson B, Lapin B, Kuchta K, Sherman L, Carbray J, Ujiki MB.  Simulation training results in improvement of the management of operating room fires-a single-blinded randomized controlled trial.  Am J Surg. 2019 Aug;218(2):237-242. (PMID 30885454)

Haggerty S, Kishiki T, Ujiki MB, Wang C, Schindler N.  Moving skills training closer to application: in-rotation skills curriculum is feasible and effective.  Am J Surg.  2017 Feb;215(2):272-276. (PMID 29174162)

Dorian ED, DeAsis FJ, Lapin B, Amesbury R, Tanaka R, Ujiki MB.  A comparative assessment of novel mini-laparoscopic tools.  Surg Innov.  2017 Feb;24(1):35-41. (PMID 27591753)

Kishiki T, Lapin B, Tanaka R, Francis T, Hughes K, Carbray J, Ujiki MB.   Goal setting results in improvement in surgical skills:  a randomized controlled trial.  Surgery.  2016 Oct;160(4):1028-37. (PMID 27531316)

Zapf M, Ujiki MB.  Surgical resident evaluations of portable laparoscopic box trainers incorporated into a simulation-based minimally invasive surgery curriculum.  Surg Innov.  2015 Feb;22(1):83-7. (PMID 24925895)

Tanaka R, DeAsis F, Derevianko A, Carbray J, Zhao J, Haggerty S, Schindler N, Ujiki M. Dedicated Two Week Proficiency-based Simulation Curriculum for Surgical Residents. Surgery, June 2016.

Lawlor C, Reid M, Aitchison P, Bhatia K, McCarthy M, Fasanella R, Urbanczyk Houg S, Miller M, Schindler N. Maximizing Simulation Resources: Setting expectations to ensure success in a simulation-based curriculum for critical care nurses. Presented at the Association for Surgical Education, Boston MA, April 2016.

Vassiliou MC, Kaneva P, Dunkin B, Fried GM, Mellinger JD, Trus T, Hoffman KI, Lyons C, Korndorffer JR, Ujiki M, Velanovich V, Korus G, Scott DJ, Martinez J, Tsuda S, Seagull J, Adrales G, Kochman ML, Park, A, Marks JM,.  Fundamentals of endoscopic surgery:  creation and validation of the hands-on test.  Surg Endosc.  2014 Mar;28(3):704-711. (PMID 24253562)

Selected Abstracts/Presentations
Wong H, Kojima, Y, Su B, Attaar M, Kuchta K, Linn J, Haggerty S, Denham W, Ujiki MB.  Do one, sim one, master one:  an “into the fire” approach to surgical resident simulation curriculum.  Accepted for presentation at the American College of Surgeons meeting, Chicago, Illinois, October 2020.

Wong H, Su B, Attaar M, Kuchta K, Ujiki MB.  Teaching EndoFlip impedance planimetry to practicing endoscopists:  an “into the fire” approach to simulation.  Accepted for presentation at the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract meeting during Digestive Disease Week, Chicago, Illinois, May 2020.

Nakazato T, Talamonti M, Kuchta K, Ujiki MB, Haggerty S. Simulation-based ultrasound curriculum improves surgical residents’ skills and confidence. Presented at the Association for Surgical Education meeting, Chicago, Illinois, April 2019.

Haggerty S, Kuchta K, Paruch J, Nakazato T, Schindler N. “A training curriculum simulating significant intraoperative bleeding during surgery can improve skill and confidence” Podium Presentation, Association for Surgical Education Annual Meeting, Chicago IL May 2019.

Nakazato T, Callahan Z, Kuchta K, Ujiki MB.  Simulation-based boot camp for incoming general surgery residents improves confidence and technical skills.  Presented at the Central Surgical Association meeting, Palm Harbor, Florida, March 2019.

Nakazato T, Callahan Z, Kuchta K, Ujiki MB.  Simulation-based boot camp for incoming general surgery residents improves confidence and technical skills.  Plenary presentation at the University of Chicago Medical Education Day meeting, Chicago, Illinois, November 2018.

Nakazato T, Carbray J, Ujiki MB.  Surgical simulation curriculum gives residents confidence and transferable skills to the OR-results of a surgical simulation perception survey.  Presented at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons meeting, Seattle, Washington, April 2018.

Haggerty S, Kishiki T, Ujiki MB, Wang C, Schindler N.  Moving skills training closer to application:  in-rotation skills curriculum is feasible and effective.  Presented at the Association for Surgical Education meeting, San Diego, California, April 2017.

Leong M, Kishiki T, Kuchta K, Wang C, Ujiki MB.  Mentorless training program results in significant improvement in students’ surgical skills.  Presented at the American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institutes meeting, Chicago, Illinois, March 2017.

Gardner AK, Ali A,Ritter EM, Ujiki MB, Dunkin BJ.  Can the Endoscopy Training system (ETS) be used as a screening tool to predict who will pass the Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES) examination?  Presented at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons meeting, Houston, Texas, March 2017.

Kishiki T, Kuchta K, Spitz J, Sherman L, Ujiki MB.  A dedicated simulation curriculum results in technical skill improvement while performing laparoscopic sigmoidectomy.  Presented at the Digestive Disease Institute Week International Colorectal Disease Symposium meeting, Boca Raton, Florida, February 2017.

Kishiki T, Lapin B, Carbray J, Ujiki MB.  A two week dedicated general skills surgical simulation curriculum results in significant improvement in surgical skills.  Presented at the Western Surgical Association meeting, Coronado, San Diego, November 2016.

Kishiki T, Lapin B, Carbray J, Ujiki MB.  A novel hiatal hernia and fundoplication simulator results in significant trainee skills improvement.  Presented at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, March 2016.