UNC has completed construction of the state-of-the-art skull base laboratory. This facility will enable residents in training to have hands-on opportunities to improve their technical skills through the use of cadaveric dissections and surgical simulation devices. Residents will be able to work with faculty through detailed dissections and surgical approaches to better prepare them for the operating room.
Through the collaboration of multiple departments, UNC has purchased a freestanding Robotic Surgery Simulator dV Trainer by Mimic Technologies Inc. This Robotic Simulator will be housed in the new Surgical Skills Lab – located in Suite 3100 Thurston Bowles Building. The fact that the simulator will be located outside of the OR and freestanding from the dual console should make scheduling and access much more feasible for everyone. It has over 40 exercises of various skill levels and is customizable for each user and/or specialty. In addition to using the Robotic Simulator in future surgeries, it should be beneficial simulation training for residents.
The Robotic Simulator, which was purchased by a shared effort lead by the UNC Department of ENT, including multiple departments, the Cancer Center, and UNC Hospitals, is ready for use in the simulation section of the North Carolina Eye Bank Surgical Skills Laboratory.
The surgical simulators will allow residents to train on models to refine their technical skills prior to testing their skill set in an actual operative arena. This laboratory will provide UNC an avenue to lead national courses in neurosurgery, skull base surgery, and spine surgery.
For more information, contact Lab Manager Matt Pillsbury.