CATS TRAINING CENTER
The CATS Training Center provides surgery residents and medical students with a training environment that duplicates laparoscopic set ups they will encounter in the operating rooms. A broad range of laparoscopic skills exercises are offered here. We also provide didactic materials associated with the curriculum to our residents at their initial orientation session. All materials will either be Web-delivered or provided on DVD, CD, or supplied jump drives. The resident education Web site is the jump point to all the topics that will be covered each year.
The first component of the junior resident curriculum (PGY-1 and PGY-2) is completion of basic laparoscopic skills exercises that have been chosen by the Director of the Center for Advanced Training & Simulation. These sessions are held on a walk-in basis in the training laboratory to be compliant with each resident's schedule. Lab hours are 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday; scheduled weekend hours can be arranged if warranted.
The final component of the junior resident curriculum includes study and comprehension of the more common MIS procedures. Instruction and lecture are provided by Narrated Teaching Cases (NTCs) and PowerPoint presentations.
We plan for the curriculum to constantly evolve so we encourage you to submit comments or suggestions you believe would improve the quality of our program.