Following a rich history of pioneering advancements in surgery dating back to the days of its founder Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., the Baylor College of Medicine Simulation Center, under the direction of Deborah Taylor provides state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for surgical research and education. The department is training the next generation of surgeons and bringing ground-breaking discoveries to the forefront of healthcare in the “DeBakey Labs,” which now includes the newly remodeled, adjoining Simulation Center, or Sim Lab, a core resource for Baylor.

The experimental laboratories have through the years yielded lifesaving medical devices, including the artificial heart, ventricular assist devices, autologous blood salvage, and innovative surgical approaches, such as stem cell and gene therapies. Today, the laboratories also serve as a comprehensive resource for surgical learning and training residents and fellows in the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques, continuing medical education for practicing surgeons, and core laboratory support for CME organizations and the biomedical industry. Accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, the laboratories further serve as an ideal site for pre-clinical studies in compliance with federal and institutional guidelines.

Training

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credit: Scott HolmesInaugural Surgery Skills Olympics.

The lab is a vital resource for training residents and fellows in the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques, continuing education for practicing surgeons, and providing core lab support for pre-clinical research. As an AAALAC-accredited facility, we ensure all procedures are in compliance with federal and institutional guidelines.

Services

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credit: Agapito SanchezDr. Bradford G. Scott and the BCM Experimental Surgery and Surgical Training Laboratories provided the city’s new tactical medical team with an exercise in simulating emergency response during live-fire situations.

Research: Our research support services include dedicated surgical facilities, instrumentation, support equipment, trained surgical support staff and assistance with protocol development. The laboratories include two surgical rooms, one imaging room, and sterilization, storage and preparations areas.

Educational: The experimental lab is a comprehensive resource for surgical learning with activities that support continuing medical education (CME) organizations and the biomedical industry.

Equipment: Our Simulation Center features a wide variety of state-of-the-art computerized surgical simulators, a series of basic skills stations, two fully-equipped operating rooms with fluoroscopic imaging capabilities, and the latest telecommunication technologies that allow faculty and staff to observe operating room activity from the conference room next door and record the activity for future use.

Facilities

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credit: Mark HarbottA view of an HPS simulator

The Baylor College of Medicine Simulation Center includes a newly renovated 4,000 square foot main lab with multiple operating rooms, wet and dry training spaces, a virtual reality center and a networked classroom, as well as multiple satellite facilities including the MECCA lab, Emergency Medicine Simulation Center and Undergraduate Medical Education Simulation Lab.

Laboratory Faculty 

Nilson A. Salas, M.D.

Assistant Professor and Director, Surgical Simulation Lab