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Research supported by the Surgical Education Center and its advisory group has three goals: to advance our understanding of minimally invasive surgery; to improve surgical techniques; and to enhance the transfer of these surgical techniques to surgeons.

Among the studies conducted by group members are:

  • Assessment of the effect of simulated training and practice on surgical proficiency in minimally invasive urologic surgery.
  • Realistic, affordable low-fidelity model for learning bronchoscopic transbronchial needle aspiration.
  • A survey of educational perceptions and practices of simulation-based bronchoscopy.
  • Outcomes of laparoscopic gastric restrictive procedures in academic centers.
  • Outcomes of laparoscopic partial and complete cholecystectomy.
  • Laparoscopy: the approach of choice for acute appendicitis in the morbidly obese.
  • Resolution of diabetes after laparoscopic gastric bypass.
  • Robot-assisted laparoscopic radical cystectomy for bladder cancer: An analysis of perioperative surgical outcomes.
  • Web-based diagnosis and post-op follow-up in otolaryngology.