Simulation Training Program
The foundation for the UW Simulation Training Program began in 1997 when Drs. Barbara Goff and Gretchen Lentz launched a series of studies, modeled on work done in general surgery showing that bench or inanimate trainers and live animal models (porcine) can improve the surgical skills of untrained OB/GYN residents before they enter the operating room. Further studies here and around the country continue to demonstrate that repetitive simulated practice of technical and inter-professional of virtually improves performance. Because curricula are designed to capture data on performance and to immediately provide feedback, residents train in a safe environment to reduce or eliminate errors. Residents are trained and assessed annually on evidence-based models and scenarios including fundamental surgical skills, Gynecologic and Obstetric procedures as well as Obstetric emergencies.
Improve the education and evaluation of technical skills and inter-professional communication for obstetrics and gynecology using simulation.
Institute for Simulation and Inter-professional Studies (ISIS)
The primary goal of ISIS is to provide leadership in the use of simulation technologies to improve the quality of health care education, patient safety and outcomes. Our nationally recognized center has placed UWMC at the "virtual" cutting edge in surgical skills and simulation. The UW Ob/Gyn Simulation Training Program uses ISIS to train fundamental surgical skills such as knot tying but also uses the virtual LDR to simulate obstetric emergencies such as post-partum hemorrhage and eclampsia. ISIS received accreditation as a Level I Comprehensive Education Institute of the American College of Surgeons in 2006. For more details, refer to their website at www.isis.washington.edu.
Center for Videoendoscopic Surgery Training Lab