Jennifer Hammann-Scala, CST
Bioskills Education Lab Manager
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.
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 will be under renovation from June—September 2016.
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:
The HSS BSEL Offers:
Richard L. Menschel Education Center offers:
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.
HSS BSEL awarded three years re-accreditation as an American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institute