About Our Surgical Simulation
To a very great extent, simulation is the future of surgery. Within a few years, no surgical procedure will be performed without first perfecting it on a full-sized, 3D, and possibly haptic simulation of the specific patient; and most surgical training and skills assessment will be conducted on simulators.
Recognizing that this is the future of surgery, the Department is actively involved in the research and development of simulation technologies both within the Department and in partnership with both global and local hardware engineering and software development corporations. These are applied throughout training, and especially in the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery programs described below.
Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS)
Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS), a national certification initiative for laparoscopic skill and knowledge, is an example of a program using objective criteria for skill training outcomes. The Department’s Surgical Skills and Simulation Laboratory is an official test center for surgeons interested in becoming certified in FLS. The Laboratory has been certified as a test center since 2007 and currently has two FLS certified testing proctors and an FLS surgical champion within the Department of Surgery. Over 100 surgeons and general surgery residents have been certified through our test center.
Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery
Official Testing Center The Department of Surgery at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center is one of two sites in Michigan designated as an official testing center for surgeons and general surgery residents who are interested in becoming certified in the Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES). Currently we are doing over 20 tests a year with two proctors.