The WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH) is University of Washington’s state-of-the-art simulation center for health education.  Our’s was one of the first Level 1 ACS accredited simulation labs in the United States.  WISH was spearheaded by leaders in the Department of Surgery in 2007, and under the influence of our multidisciplinary faculty has expanded to include a 2000 sq. ft. facility at UWMC and an 8000 sq. ft. facility at Harborview. For our residents, this means 24/7 access to surgical equipment, suture material, laparoscopic trainers, and virtual reality modules.  This ease-of-access has led our surgical residents to heavily utilize the simulation facilities for both independent practice, and as part of an organized structured curriculum at each training level that includes training modules in robotic surgery, ultrasound imaging, endoscopy, and advanced trauma life support.

Every year, surgical residents have protected time during their EVATS rotation to advance their technical skills through WISH’s innovative simulation curriculum.  Furthermore, our residents utilize WISH’s facilities to complete the required modules in Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) and Fundamentals of Endoscopy Surgery (FES).  Beyond this, the WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare provides classes in everything from central line placement to surgical airway procedures.  Very popular with our residents, is our annual laparoscopic and robotic skills competitions, with prizes for the top performers.  Overall, WISH is a unique resource for our residents that embodies the Department of Surgery’s commitment to innovation in medical education.