Residency - Simulation and Education Lab


Simulation and Education Lab

Our department has developed a comprehensive simulation curriculum that allows our residents to gain valuable skills before treating actual patients. Through the use of models, state of the art equipment, and life size mannequins, our residents will participate in simulation training to increase knowledge and confidence in the areas of surgical skills, diagnosis, and obstetric and gynecological related procedures.

Simulation Schedule for 2018-19


Breech Delivery
All residents: Practice the proper technique for breech delivery using mannequins.

Forceps / Vacuum Delivery
All residents: Practice proper technique for forceps/vacuum delivery using mannequins.

Perineal Laceration Repair
PGY1 residents: Learn fundamentals of obstetric laceration repair on simulation models.

Post-Partum Hemorrhage
All residents: Practice proper technique for post-partum hemorrhage, including suturing.

Shoulder Dystocia
All residents: Practice proper techniques for shoulder dystocia using mannequins.

C-section Delivery
All residents: Practice of proper C-sections on models.


Abdominal Hysterectomy
All residents: Practice proper Abdominal Hysterectomy technique on simulation models.

Colposcopy and LEEP
Description: Review of proper technique and practice with colposcopy equipment.

All residents: Basic theory of electro-surgery and practice with electro-surgery equipment.

Laparoscopic Suturing
All residents: Develop laparoscopic suturing skills.

Robotic Surgery
All residents do basic orientation. Residents opt in for advanced training on DaVinci robot and simulator.

Vaginal Hysterectomy
All residents: Practice proper Vaginal Hysterectomy technique on simulation.

Care of Transgender Patient
All residents: Meeting the needs of the transgender patient in a clinical setting.

Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery PGY1

The American College of Surgeons and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons developed FLS for surgical residents. FLS is a comprehensive educational program that includes online instruction and cognitive assessment, as well as manual skills testing. Residents complete the online portion of the FLS program during the first half of their PGY1 year and practice the five FLS skills to prepare for passing an in-house manual skills testing in May. PGY1 residents are required to pass a skills test proctored by our faculty in the sim lab. In a recent change, the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) now requires all residents graduating after May 2020 to pass the FLS test at an official testing center. Given the structured training provided here, we are confident our residents will be fully prepared to pass the test.

Robotic Surgery Training Modules PGY2

Our robotic surgical training program was developed in conjunction with Intuitive Surgical, makers of the da Vinci robotic surgical system, which is used at all three of our program’s hospitals. Residents receive orientation and basic training on the da Vinci robot to provide competent assistance in robotic surgical cases. Residents may opt-in for advanced robotic training, which includes extensive skills practice on the da Vinci simulator and evaluation of robotic surgical skills by faculty in the OR. Upon completion of robotic surgical training, residents receive a certificate from the program attesting to their ability to conduct robotic surgery independently.

Residency Program Manager

Jody Silva, M.Ed.
202 S. Park Street, 5-East
Madison, WI 53715

Tel: 608-417-7463

Resident Manual

Check out our OBGYN Resident Manual for an extensive look into our Program.


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