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Surgical Skills Centre


The Surgical Skills Centre delivers high quality, relevant procedure-based skills courses to local, national and international medical personnel at all stages of their career.


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The Surgical Skills Centre, developed by Sir Alfred Cuschieri in 1992, has facilities which include two wet labs with workstations equipped with state of the art laparoscopic equipment, and an anatomy laboratory equipped with operating microscopes. Part task trainers and computer workstations permit virtual reality anatomy and endoscopic training. All rooms have large flat screens to which live surgery can be streamed from operating theatres in Ninewells hospital. The DIHS makes extensive use of cadavers preserved using the Thiel technique, a sophisticated method of preservation of complete human cadavers which provides an excellent model for procedural skills training that is unique in the UK. This refurbishment provides us with an additional seminar room, a new delegates lounge area along with a new AV/IT installation. 


06 Nov 2020
Congratulations to Our Senior Lecturer Dr Benjie Tang for publishing his invited editorial: “Observational clinical human reliability analysis (OCHRA) for assessing and improving quality of surgical performance" In the 'Journal of Surgical Simulation'  http://www.journalsurgicalsimulation.com/contents/volume7/JSS200009/
28 May 2019
We are very excited to be the first centre in Scotland to soon offer Robotic Training as we recieved our Da Vinci Robot to the Surgical Skills Centre. Dundee Institute for Healthcare Simulation (DIHS) has taken delivery of a leading-edge surgical robot. DIHS, a medical education centre formed by the University of Dundee, NHS Tayside and industry partners Medtronic, are developing the first... Read More
28 May 2019
The Dundee Institute of Health Care Simulation [DIHS] Surgical Skills Centre is the first centre in the UK to be awarded full accreditation from The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd).  https://www.rcsed.ac.uk/   The Dundee Institute for Healthcare Simulation was formed to capitalise on the capability of the Surgical and Clinical Skills Centres within the School of Medicine at the... Read More

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