internal body viewThe cadaver laboratory has been arranged through the department of Surgery to enable surgical residents to practice surgical techniques/procedures prior to undertaking the same procedures in the operating room. The purpose of this exercise is to provide residents with the opportunity to perform the surgical procedures in a more learner-friendly and less tense environment. The cadaver lab sessions will have a major emphasis on teaching surgical skills to Surgery Residents in the current work hour environment. These sessions will consist of taking residents through surgical procedures appropriate for the year of training under the guidance of Faculty of the Department of Surgery. The Faculty will take the residents through the pertinent anatomy prior to letting them perform the procedures under direct supervision.

Each scheduled lab day is broken down into specific PGY groups so that all residents can actually perform the procedures to enhance the learning potential. The "small group model" enables a good Faculty to resident ration of 1:2. The cadavers used are "lightly embalmed" and differ from the cadavers that first year medical students dissect upon. The "lightly embalmed" cadavers differ from the regular cadavers in that the structures/viscera look and feel more like the live tissue encountered in the operating room. The similarity to live tissue, small groups of residents and presence of the Faculty provides the right environment for surgical residents to practice and learn the techniques of Surgery.

The cadaver lab will be available for residents by PGY level on Wednesdays as per the set schedule for the 2013 - 2014 academic year.

Cadaver lab schedule

Date   Residents   Faculty   Procedures
June 25th   I   Ly   Intubation, Cricothyroidotomy, Tracheostomy & Paracentesis
June 26th   I   Ly   Central line placement, chest tube placement & Thoracentesis
Aug 7th   I   Are/Ly   Open appendectomy, cholecystectomy, gastrostomy & jejunostomy
Aug 14th   II   Are   Incisional hernia repair - onlay/underlay
Aug 21st   I   Langenfeld   Endoscopy
Aug 28th   II   Langenfeld   Endoscopy
Sept 4th   III   Are/Goede   Simulation
Sept 11th   III   Are/Langenfeld   Low anterior resection, APR
Sept 18th   III   Thoracic   Lobectomy & pneumonectomy
Sept 25th   IV   Are/Ly   Pancreaticoduodenectomy
Oct 16th   I   Vascular   Vascular exposures & anastomosis work shop
Oct 30th   II   MIS/Kothari   Lap cholecystectomy & appendectomy
Nov 6th   III   MIS/Goede   Lap hernia repairs
Nov 13th   IV   Thoracic   Lobectomy & pneumonectomy
Dec 4th   I   MIS   Lap cholecystectomy & appendectomy
Dec 11th   II   Are/Goede   Simulation
Feb 5th   IV   Thoracic   Lobectomy & pneumonectomy
Feb 12th   I   Are   Inguinal & femoral hernia repair
Feb 19th   III   Vascular   Vascular exposures & anastomosis work shop
Feb 26th   V   MIS/Langenfeld   Lap colon
Mar 5th   IV   MIS/Oleynikov   Lap Nissen & splenectomy
Mar 19th   I   Are/Ly   Bowel anastomosis work shop
Mar26th   II   Vascular   Vascular exposures & anastomosis work shop
April 16th   III   Thoracic   Lobectomy & pneumonectomy
April 23rd   IV   Are/Ly   Right hepatectomy, left hepatectomy, left lateral segmentectomy & caudate lobectomy
April 30th   I   Are/Langenfeld   Right hemicolectomy
May 7th   II   Are/Ly   Bowel anastomosis workshop
May 14th   V   MIS/Oleynikov   Lap Nissen/splenectomy
May 21st   IV   Are/Langenfeld   Low anterior resection & APR
May 28th   I   Are/Goede   Simulation
June 4th   II   Are/Langenfeld   Right hemicolectomy
June 11th   III   Are/Ly   Distal pancreatectomy & splenectomy
June 18th   IV   MIS/McBride   Lap bariatrics