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Urology Simulation
Education Program

University of Wisconsin
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PGY-1 Bootcamp
Knot tying
Suturing
Laparoscopic skills
• Anastomoses
• Cystoscopy
• Ureteroscopy
TURP
• Laser surgery
• Robotics


Surgical Skills Labs
Ureteral Reimplant
• Artificial urinary sphincter
• Slings
• Penile prosthesis
• Porcine labs


Simulated Patient Scenarios
• GU history and exam
• Disease specific cases
• Transitions of care
• Delivering bad news
• Disclosure of medical errors


Computer-based courses
• Ethics
• Professionalism

The Department of Urology continues to build the Urology Simulation Education Program for residents, students, and other learners. Our goal is to create a premier skills and simulation program to be a model and resource for urology programs across the country. A Urology Simulation Committee, led by Barb Lewis, RN, MS and Patrick McKenna, MD and consisting of faculty, residents, and administration guides the development, implementation, and evaluation of the program. URwBarbBlurred

The program includes a PGY-1 bootcamp focusing on knot-tying, suturing, laparoscopic skills, cystoscopy and ureteroscopy, robotics, laparoscopic port placement, and suturing/stapling bowel anastomoses. The goal of the bootcamps are to prepare residents so at the end of the PGY-1 year they are functioning at a PGY-3 level for basic skills. The bootcamp includes aspects of and builds upon the ACS/APDS Phase 1 curriculum when applicable.

Labs for all residents will include surgical skills labs, such as the ureteral reimplant lab, simulated patient scenarios, computer-based training, and high fidelity models. Each laboratory has a faculty champion as well as additional faculty instructors. All faculty are encouraged to attend.

A key component of the program is a dedicated nurse educator who is available to set up one-to-one experiences for residents at all levels for skills practice.

Educational research is an integral part of each component of the program.

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Urology Simulation Committee

Dan Gralnek, MD
Alison Keenan, MD
Stephen Hall, CPA
Brian Le, MD
Thomas Leffler, MPH
Barb Lewis, RN, MS
Patrick McKenna, MD
Brady Miller, MD, MPH
Kyle Richards, MD
Dan Williams, MD


For more information, please contact:

Barbara J Lewis, RN, MS
Urology Simulation Education Program Director
Phone: (608) 263-1363
E-mail: lewis@urology.wisc.edu

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