A hallway full of surgical equipment and monitoring computers and screens

Surgical skills are a priority to the general surgery residency program for the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV. Although the surgical skills lab is a relatively new concept, we have been successfully applying it to our residency program for years now.

The surgical skills lab at CSCLV has been outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment. Surgical skills training has been developed to aid in the shortening of the work week of the typical surgical resident; with this shortening training could no longer be random opportunities for practice. With that in mind, the surgical skills lab has a full array of surgical instrumentation from typical open instruments to laparoscopic instrumentation devices.

Surgical skills can also be trained on virtual reality simulators of which we have two both by Simbionix. The LapMentor has the capability to train laparoscopic procedures; including bariatric and obstetric and gynecological procedures. The GIMentor is capable of simulating endoscopic gastrointestinal procedures; including colonoscopy, upper endoscopy, and ERCP.

The surgical skills lab is also a certified fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery (FLS) test center as well as having qualified proctors for the FLS exam. We also have five Karl Storz endoscopy towers, with these we have the capability of establishing full OR simulations and scenarios.

Detailed Inventory

  • Karl Storz Endoskopy towers
  • Simbionix LapMentor
  • Simbionix GIMentor
  • FLS trainers
  • 3D-Med video trainers
  • Ethicon Endo Surgery Instrumentation
  • Covidien Instrumentation