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Bioskills Laboratory

Bioskills LaboratoryThe Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has a fully operational, six-station Bioskills Laboratory located in the UConn Musculoskeletal Institute. The lab has full-time support staff, providing opportunities to learn arthroscopic and other surgical procedures and honing technical skills. During the dedicated Bioskills Lab twice a month, faculty members demonstrate and practice arthroscopy and open surgical skills with the residents. Residents are able to repeat the demonstrated procedures on cadaveric shoulders, knees, hips, wrists, elbows, and ankles. Total joint arthroplasties and various fracture fixation techniques are also taught on cadaveric specimens.

The lab has full-size plasma screen monitors capable of projecting both the arthroscopic views at the attendings teaching station as well as surgical procedures from the operating rooms two floors below. This gives residents the opportunity to watch faculty perform actual surgeries as a group, discuss techniques utilized, and then immediately practice on cadaveric specimens. Residents are evaluated at the start of their rotations and then again at the end. As a result of this educational opportunity, residents have shown significant improvement in their skills, confirming the importance of the laboratory training.