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Skills Training

Surgical Skills Training is an integral part of the resident experience at Duke University. This training is conducted weekly, and residents follow the ACS/APDS-endorsed skills curriculum. The training provides residents with extensive opportunities to hone their skills outside of the operating room.

Skills Training Curriculum

Residents of all years are required to participate in surgical skills training, and all residents must complete the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) certification before graduating to a senior resident. The Surgical Education and Activities Lab is a certified SAGES FLS Test Center. Learn more about our Skills Training Curriculum.


Structured Training for Endovascular Techniques (STENT)

The Duke University Department of Surgery is excited to be the first training program in the country to offer a structured, competency-based endovascular skills curriculum to our various surgical trainees along with multi-disciplinary collaboration with general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, and interventional radiology. Learn more about the STENT program.

Uttara Nag, MD, in the Surgical Education and Activities Lab on the Simbionix ANGIO Mentor Flex II Simulator
Uttara Nag, MD, General Surgery Resident, on the Simbionix ANGIO Mentor Flex II Simulator

Skills Training Facilities

Training is conducted in state-of-the-art, on-campus facilities, including: