Education & Academic Affairs

Bioskills Education Laboratory

Established in 2000, the BSEL serves as an integral part of residency training at HSS by providing a simulated surgical training facility with equipment similar to operating rooms, allowing residents to become familiar with the myriad of devices currently used in surgery. Opportunities have been expanded to include allied professional healthcare training research and product development.

As an excellent alternative to standard commercial or university facilities, the HSS BSEL is available for industry leaders to use as sales force training of specialized medical instrumentation; it can also be used for courses and workshops for medical professionals. Procedures conducted in the lab can be performed on cadaver specimens - which allow for the most realistic training available - or on sawbones (plastic models of bones and joints). Residents and fellows find this extra training very useful to their overall medical education.

HSS’s Bioskills Education Laboratory contains four dry/wet stations that can accommodate 4-12 physicians in training on site. Each workstation is supplied with suction, irrigation, and electrical power. Adjunct training areas - including a conference room - to allow for large on-site training for 112 participants, are also available. The BSEL is electronically capable to offer educational seminars and anatomy workshops onsite at HSS and offsite at teaching hospitals and select meeting locations.

Our Mission

HSS Bioskills Laboratory seeks to develop future thought leaders, highly skilled in the science of orthopaedic surgery, rheumatology, and other specialties within musculoskeletal medicine, by providing state-of-the art educational programs for residents, fellows, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, surgical technicians, and industry experts by simulating surgical procedures (using sawbones and cadavers), promoting familiarization to surgical equipment and instrumentation, and developing new techniques that will enhance the skill sets of our physicians and physicians-in-training.

HSS BSEL Awarded Three Year Re-accreditation as an American College of Surgeons Focused Education Institute

In December 2015, the BSEL Lab was awarded re-accreditation for three years as a Focused Education Institute from the American College of Surgeons and was found to be in 100 percent compliance with all the standards and criteria and noted to be an “outstanding institute”. A number of programmatic strengths were acknowledged in the ACS’s re-accreditation report, including HSS’s dedication to residency skills development, excellent extent of faculty involvement, a robust longitudinal assessment system, ongoing support from HSS Alumni, and notable best practices for the boot camp/new resident orientation and anatomy program.

ACS Education Institute Accreditation recognition further supports HSS’s efforts to provide an innovative, educational training environment for our graduate medical education programs through a structured curriculum, maintaining a process of continual improvement by integrating outcomes measures to assess impact of learning forums. The standards of the ACS are aligned with the HSS philosophy of aspiring for excellence in education and training.

Lab Rental Opportunities

The BSEL is newly renovated.

The HSS BSEL facility is centrally located, allowing for quick access, reducing time away from the office for physicians and allied health care professionals. Among the functions our facility can be used for are:

  • Education and training on, and use of, specialized medical instrumentation and devices in development
  • Courses and workshops for specialists in medical areas such as nurses, physicians, physical therapists, physician assistants, and central supply technicians
  • Co-sponsorship of medical education programs to specialized groups, both nationally and internationally, for CME and non-CME Accredited activities
  • Anatomy lessons and hands-on training for physician trainees and other allied health professionals

 

The HSS BSEL Offers:

  • Electricity, air, and suction at each laboratory station
  • PowerPoint presentation capability and select surgical equipment and instrumentation; groups renting the facility are also welcome to bring their own equipment
  • Consumables and personal protective supplies for the lab, including gloves, apron, masks, shoe covers, towels, etc.
  • Catering assistance, available for breakfast and/or lunch
  • A laboratory technician, available to assist with laboratory needs and final clean-up at the conclusion of day/courses

 

Richard L. Menschel Education Center offers:

  • Catering assistance, available for breakfast and/or lunch
  • Conference area available for registration; arrangements can be made for staff to assist registrants in the Education Center

 

Group seeking to rent the BSEL Bioskills Laboratory and HSS facility, and additional Hospital for Special Surgery facilities, should contact us at 212.606.1057.

 

ACS Accreditation

HSS BSEL awarded three years re-accreditation as an American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institute

Rental Fees

Rental charges are based on a number of factors, including:
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For more information, contact

Jennifer Hammann-Scala, CST
Manager, Bioskills Education Lab
212.774.2299
hammannj@hss.edu

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