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Department of Urology

September 18, 2017

Urology Resident Skills Training Initiative Kicks Off 6th Year

Dr. Jonathan Wright, front center, demonstrates surgical technique in a porcine bowel reconstruction at the URISTI kickoff.

Dr. Jonathan Wright, front center, demonstrates surgical technique in a porcine bowel reconstruction to Urology residents and visiting medical students at the URISTI kickoff.

Bowel reconstruction with porcine intestines was the order of the day for the kickoff of the 2017 Urology Resident Skills Training Initiative (URISTI) program through WISH, the University of Washington’s premiere simulation training facility for healthcare education. This year’s kickoff training was proctored by Associate Professor Jonathan Wright, MD.

Now in its sixth year, URISTI is an annual program for Department of Urology residents at all levels (R2-R7) at their various practice sites. URISTI covers twelve areas of focus, including deep cavity suturing, microsuturing, priapism, robotic surgery, laser surgery, bowel anastomosis, suprapubic catheterization, basic laparoscopy, endoscopy, open surgical skills, ureteroscopy, stone manipulation, and urodynamics.

Developed and implemented by Associate Professor Dr. Thomas Lendvay, URISTI involves nearly all department faculty and fellows in improving the residency experience through a formalized technical skills training program. The program is particularly helpful in providing junior residents more and better opportunities to practice their surgical skills, and has become a national model for how a comprehensive simulation-based curriculum can be integrated into residency training.

WISH connects over 30 departments and programs throughout UW Medicine, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, and Physician’s Assistant Training Program to improve the quality of healthcare education through technology, providing learners with a safe training environment where they can learn and practice their skills before ever using them on a patient.