Simulation Training Program

Program Overview

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.

Mission Statement

Improve the education and evaluation of technical skills and inter-professional communication for obstetrics and gynecology using simulation.

Program Objectives

Objective 1: Increase the efficiency, procedural precision and attain proficiency for OB/GYN procedures by providing the opportunity to repetitively practice specific skills & procedures
Objective 2: Integrate simulation into training and testing students, residents and faculty the common emergencies seen in the labor and delivery unit.
Objective 3: Integrate simulation into training and testing students, residents, and faculty the essential procedures for generalist Obstetrician Gynecologist.
Objective 4: Research simulation-based teaching methods, simulators and the learning environment for the purpose of improving student, resident and faculty training as well as verification of surgical and emergency management skills.
Objective 5: Implement, through scenario simulation, the principles and culture of teamwork using the TEAM STEPPS model.

Training Sites

WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH)


The primary goal of WISH 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 WISH 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. WISH 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

Center for Videoendoscopic Surgery Training Lab

The Center for Videoendoscopic Surgery is a state of the art operative theater that provides a highly collaborative education and training environment for teaching surgical trainees to learn minimally invasive as well as open surgical techniques on animal models. The UW Ob/Gyn Simulation Training Program has primarily used the porcine model to teach basic MIS techniques such as port placement and diagnostic laparoscopy as well as more advanced techniques such as intra-corporeal suturing and lymph node dissection.