Hospitals and Outpatient Clinics
All of the faculty and vascular surgery residents participate in patient care at three different locations: (1) Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine Campus (BJH/WUSM) (north and south campuses, including the Center for Advanced Medicine [CAM] where the outpatient vascular surgery clinic is located), (2) St. Louis Children’s Hospital and (3) Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital (BJWCH). Vascular Surgery care at the John Cochran Veterans Administration Hospital is provided by general surgery residents. Vascular surgery fellows do not care for any patients at the Veterans Administration Hospital. Clinics are held at both the CAM and BJWCH.
Noninvasive Vascular Diagnostic Laboratory
The Vascular Laboratory is owned and operated by the Department of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Brian Rubin (director) monitors the clinical and educational components, as well as overseeing the technicians employed in the clinical vascular laboratory. Vascular laboratory studies are done in four locations – at the CAM, BJH, BJWCH and South County Office.
Simulation Skills Lab
The Washington University Institute for Surgical Education (WISE) Center is a 4,000-square foot educational space centrally located in the Clinical Sciences Research Building at the School of Medicine. WISE offers a variety of surgical skills labs and simulators. These include simple foam rubber simulators for suture practice, as well as high-tech robotic surgery and virtual reality simulators.
The lab starts the academic year with a mini “boot camp” for interns, cultivating basic skills like suturing. From there, the WISE Center’s offerings extend to residents in all years of the training program.
Junior residents continue to focus on skills acquisition, such as a laparoscopic cholecystectomy lab. Senior residents transition their focus to higher level operative decisions and teamwork, such as a laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication lab.
Sessions are taught by the Program Director, program faculty, other faculty members representing a broad spectrum of specialties, and senior residents.
In 2013, WISE was accredited by the American College of Surgeons as a Level 1 simulation center. This accreditation defines the WISE Center as a world-class institute for surgical education.
For a complete list of certifications, labs and simulators, browse the offerings at the WISE Center.