There are web-based tutorials on carotid, peripheral, and aneurysm disease as well as procedural simulation using several vascular simulators. These simulators allow practice in endovascular procedures using the same physical products used in reality – wires, catheter, balloons, stents, coils, etc. Additionally, the practitioner can try different catheters or find a new approach in a “patient-safe” environment. Surgical trainees at Stanford can rehearse their procedures prior to performing them in the angiography suite and operating room with the Vascular Surgery faculty. Dr. Lee also offers an introductory course for medical students interested in vascular surgery.
Dr.Jim Fann is involved in innovations in training cardiac surgery residents. http://cisl.stanford.edu/at_stanford/isl_facilities.html
Obstetrics and GYN
The GYN Surgical Skills Program, has been working with the team at the Goodman Surgical Education Center utilizing laproscopic simulators to teach basic skills of laproscopic and endoscopic surgery to GYN residents. We expect this program to grow in the future.