Simulation training is proving to be the new and quickly expanding frontier in resident education. Providing residents with hands-on experience and one-on-one guidance BEFORE entering the operating room is invaluable.
The Vanderbilt Thoracic Surgery Residency Program, under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Nesbitt, is in the early stages of its simulation program development and has joined forces with institutions across the United States to develop training models and evaluation methods to improve training techniques and operative skills.
Download the Goals of the Cardiac Surgery Simulation
The simulated thoracic well A perfused porcine heart is positioned
is shown with a porcine heart using the cardiac stabilizer in preparation
being positioned for CAB. for an OpCAB.
An OpCAB is being performed upon a perfused porcine heart
utlizing canine saphenous vein for the anterior descending
Dr. Steve Hoff is instructing senior resident Dan Cuadrado
who is performing an OpCAB on the porcine cardiac simulator.
Close up view of a coronary artery bypass procedure ("on pump")
using the porcine simulation model.