Skill Rounds & Resources

Surgical Skills Lab

The Surgical Skills Laboratory, Directed by Jonathan Dreifus, M.D., was established for the purpose of teaching technical skills using the principle of repeated practice with feedback. The main facility for this venture is in the research building on the Scarborough campus of MMC. Other  A curriculum focusing on PGY 1 and PGY 2 level residents will be utilized. It is expected that teaching sessions will be held on a monthly basis and will include a brief introduction, technical instruction, direct and immediate feedback and an evaluation mechanism. In addition, more advanced training sessions will be offered for senior residents on a rotating schedule.


  • To change the way fundamental surgical skills are taught and evaluated.
  • To establish a facility wherein surgical skills can be taught and evaluated.
  • To provide a laboratory for continuing education in surgical skills.
  • To create a laboratory for research in surgical skills acquisition.
  • To promote research and development of surgical skills innovation.
  • To comply with the RRC guidelines for establishing a method of teaching and evaluating technical surgical skills.


Teaching Faculty are chosen based on clinical expertise and willingness to participate. Each faculty member will be responsible for preparing a written Objective list, References and Evaluation form for each teaching session for distribution prior to the session. Learn more about the Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation.

Grand Rounds and Journal Club

Following the M&M conference on Thursday morning a topic for grand rounds is presented either by the resident staff, the attending staff or a visiting physician. The topics cover a range of issues including surgical topics, professionalism, ethics and competency requirements for the ACGME. In conjunction with this conference once a month we also have a journal club which covers a full range of topics but also emphasizes the resident's ability to discuss the literature and evaluate its value as an addition to their educational background. The design of the journal club utilizes the recently designed format described by the American College of Surgeons.

General Surgery Teaching Resources

MMC's teaching resources include vascular, trauma, colorectal, surgical oncology, cardiothoracic, pediatric surgery and general surgery conferences. These conferences include case presentations, faculty lectures and administrative discussions, and a periodic senior resident case presentation with a review by junior residents. Our residents also attend upper GI, lower GI or liver tumor conference. Residents are given protected time to attend conferences. Conferences are held on Tuesdays from 4:30PM -6:00PM and on Thursdays from 7:00AM -10:00AM.