Applied Learning

Applied Learning - Surgical Skills Academy


A fully functional Surgical Simulation Lab and Mock Operating Room (Mock OR) are part of a comprehensive educational curriculum.  In addition to the laparoscopic and endoscopic surgical skills training, the Simulation Lab experience includes regularly scheduled sessions and experience in Crew Resource Management in a multidisciplinary environment.

Wake Forest School of Medicine has established the Center for Applied Learning (CAL), a major new initiative to enhance patient care and safety through immersive learning (learning by doing). The center will use advanced instructional technologies to increase the clinical capacities and skills of health care providers.

The center combines faculty expertise from across clinical disciplines and brings together innovative resources for clinical education from a host of diverse training facilities. Among the resources are high-fidelity patient simulation laboratories, a surgery academy, an anatomical training center, a program in medical ultrasound, and standardized patient assessment examination rooms. The CAL laboratories total more than 28,000 square feet of teaching space.

The goals and objectives are stated best in the Mission Statement: To promote patient safety and to improve the quality of care through simulation and education in a safe and appointed environment. The experiences are designed to improve cognitive skills, develop technical skills, improve communication, provide a unique service to the community and assess care providers' proficiency in crisis manangement, routine patient care, and the incorporation of new technologies.

Quick Reference

General Surgery Residency Program
Progam Coordinator for Administration
Mollie Draughon

Office 336-716-7496

Program Coordinator for Curriculum and Skills Acquisition
Tara Boyd

Office 336-716-4396

Program Information

Fax 336-716-5414


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