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Boot Camp for New Surgery Residents

Since 2007, we have conducted a "boot camp" for all PG1 surgery residents to orient, assess and develop new surgical trainee skills at the onset of their residencies.

The 9-week long Boot Camp is conducted at the Baystate Simulation Center and Goldberg Surgical Skills Laboratory, an American College of Surgeons Accredited Level I Comprehensive Education Institute. Eight procedural skills and simulated patient care exercises are taught in weekly 3-hour skill lab sessions by faculty in surgical and medical subspecialty areas, as well as senior residents.

Use of bench-top models and high-fidelity human patient simulation:

  • Provides exposure to basic procedural skills and cognitive-based patient care training exercises
  • Orients and guides learners through the basics of fundamental and safe surgical practice
  • Provides exposure to common and uncommon presentations and procedures encountered in surgical patient care
  • Enforces emergency care practices as well as safe care practices and 'survival skills' as required for beginning a surgical residency curriculum
  • Reinforces basic physiology and procedures required of a surgical resident
  • Allows assessment of need over the course of training, which is utilized for modification of individual curriculum during residency. 

Similar preparatory intensive training has also been used in other departments, including Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology and Obstetrics & Gynecology.