Surgery Skills Lab

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Des Moines University Surgery Skills Lab

The state-of-the-art Surgery Skills Lab provides an ideal controlled environment to help learners of all levels integrate medical knowledge and critical thinking, learn and practice fundamental and advanced technical skills and explore advances in technology.

The 4,000 square-foot facility includes simulation model labs, a computer technology lab and a simulation operating room lab.


  • Two large simulated operating room suites accommodating up to 20 students
  • Multiple stations, eight scrub sinks, men's and women's locker rooms and physician lounge
  • Digital overhead camera, station monitors for viewing and recording procedures and laparoscopic equipment
  • Two large didactic rooms that include a wide range of surgical models, a computer lab, a conference room, office space and workroom

Surgical skills course

The basic surgical skills course is an integral component of the curriculum for the Doctor of Osteopathic MedicineDoctor of Podiatric Medicine and Physician Assistant degree programs. The 20-hour progressive lab course includes didactic, hands-on skills experience and integration of critical thinking. It encompasses the AOA core competencies of medical knowledge, patient care, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism and systems-based practice. Instructors for the course include faculty, general surgery residents or nurses and surgery teaching assistants. The student-to-instructor ratio is 1:2 during all aspects of the lab.

General surgery and family practice residents utilize the Surgery Skills Lab to practice surgical skills. The lab also gives area surgeons the opportunity to advance surgical skills as new technology evolves and develops.

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