Surgical Skills Lab receives Level II Accreditation

The UIHC Center for Procedural Skills and Simulation received ACS Level II Accreditation in December of 2011. Currently, the Skills Center provides procedure skills training to over 50 resident learners annually, offering weekly modules as well as multiple live-animal and cadaver labs each year. The Skills Center is also an FLS (Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery) testing center and the FLS curriculum is currently taught to Surgery, Urology and OB/Gyn residents. A new addition to the Surgical Skills Curriculum is the Verification of Proficiency (VOP) Program. This program focuses on learners achieving a standardized proficiency and is currently utilized for Knot Tying and Central Line Placement. In addition, the General Surgery residents are taught an intensive simulation course utilizing the MIST virtual reality trainer for developing fundamental laparoscopic skill sets. Lastly, the center is collaborating with other Departments within UIHC to develop curriculum relevant to training medical students and non-surgical residents in basic surgical techniques.

Collins, Tom

The Center Director, Dr. Thomas Collins has served in this role since the inception of the Surgical Skills Lab in 2008. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery and has been a faculty member in the Department of Surgery since 2007.

Jamal, Mohammad

The newest addition to the Skills Center is Mohammad Jamal, MD who serves as the Director of Surgical Skills Training. He joined the Department of Surgery in 2005 and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery. Lori Stout is the new Center Coordinator and Billie Ruden serves as an FLS test proctor.