Animal Surgical Skills Lab
Twice each year, the residents and faculty of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology participate in an animal surgical skills lab at the Animal Research Center at Clemson University. Residents are able to operate in a supportive, non-threatening environment and greatly improve their knowledge of surgical instruments, energy modalities and surgical skills.
Each resident is assigned a partner resident and faculty mentor to operate on a live porcine model for four hours. Skills practiced include:
- Laparoscopic Trocar Placement
- Use of Electrosurgical and Harmonic Scalpel Tools
- Hand-Eye Coordination Drills
- Laparoscopic Suturing
At the completion of the laparoscopic skills portion, each team performs a laparotomy to work on open surgical skills and practice repair of injuries to bladder, ureters, bowel and blood vessels. The program concludes with an individual assessment of each resident’s performance.
Hysteroscopy Skills Lab
Every two years, as part of the core curriculum, a didactic program on all aspects of obstetric and gynecologic ultrasound is offered. The program consists of lectures, hands-on instruction and practice with human models hired for the program.
Surgical Cadaver Lab
Our surgical cadaver lab includes four components:
- Episiotomy Lab for PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents
- Bladder Suspension Lab for PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents.
- Mastering Laparotomy Skills
- Award Laparoscopy and Cystoscopy
- Gynecological Oncology and Retroperitoneal Anatomy
Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery
Each resident will participate in the online Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) didactic curriculum. They will also practice specific FLS skills in the laparoscopic lab. Chief residents will take the written skills exam leading to FLS certification.
GHS Obstetrics and Gynecology Robotics Curriculum
The robotic surgery program at GHS arrived in Sept. of 2010 with the acquisition of our first robot. In the first full year, 370 robotic surgeries were performed with the majority of the procedures being done by gynecologists. With the adoption of robotic technology by thoracic surgery and urology late in 2011, a second robot was needed and acquired in Jul. of 2012. By 2013, 677 robotic surgeries were performed.
Currently, there are six general gynecologic surgeons, three gynecologic oncologists and two urogynecologists who routinely utilize these systems.
As additional surgeons adopt this technology and the surgical marketplace becomes more and more permeated with these techniques, resident familiarity and participation in these cases are more critical than ever. This proactive approach to resident education will ensure not only that our patients at GHS are adequately cared for but also that our graduating residents possess a well-rounded and functional knowledge of this technology, giving them the flexibility to incorporate this surgical modality into their practice after graduation.