Simulation Training

The UBC General Surgery residency training program incorporates low fidelity and high fidelity simulation, dry lab training, animal lab and wet lab facilities. The residency program works in collaboration with the Centre of Excellence for Surgical Education and Innovation (CESEI), the first training centre to be accredited by the American College of Surgery. CESEI is an internationally recognized multi-disciplinary academic centre committed to achieving excellence in medical education and research related to educational technology. The centre has a variety of simulators including laparoscopic box trainers and towers, SurgicalSim, GI and URO Mentor, the Human Patient Simulator (HPS), Mantis Duo, SimMan and Harvey. The facility also has one of the largest wet lab facilities, which is fully equipped to run laparoscopic and open surgical training courses, triage scenarios and cadaver lab sessions. Because the centre is recognized as a testing facility for the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS), residents and surgeons can also become FLS certified.

The residency education curriculum incorporates didactic lectures, simulation training and animal lab/cadaver lab sessions. These sessions have been organized into education “blocks” where each block focuses on a particular area of surgical training. For example, the “Hernia Block” consists of 2 weeks of didactic sessions discussing various hernia operations, followed by two weeks in the wet lab practicing these operations on cadavers under the guidance of Staff surgeons. In addition, junior and senior residents are separated during these sessions so that residents can learn surgical skills appropriate for their level in smaller groups, allowing for more one-on-one interaction between staff surgeons and residents.

For more information about CESEI and the training facilities available at the UBC General Surgery program, please visit our website at and take a virtual tour of the centre.