Curriculum for Resident Education in Surgical Technique (CREST)

Fundamentals of Lapascropic Surgery (FLS) Skills Tasks


  • Erica Fletcher Robinson, MD
    Wake Forest Baptist Health

Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) is a comprehensive web-based education module that includes a hands-on skills training component and assessment tool designed to teach the physiology, fundamental knowledge, and technical skills required in basic laparoscopic surgery. Our goal is to provide surgical residents, fellows and practicing physicians an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery in a consistent, scientifically accepted format; and to test cognitive, surgical decision-making, and technical skills, all with the goal of improving the quality of patient care.

This course: 

  • Provides training with simulators (three box trainers per station; goal ratio is 1:3 trainer: trainees)
  • Includes three hours of simulation but grants no CME
  • Is designed to provide high-yield surgical education to residents
  • Reinforces laparoscopic skills
  • Takes place at meetings and ADMs (information forthcoming)
  • Is sustainable and serves as a framework for immediate incorporation into the participants’ home institutions 

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Setting Up for FLS

Last updated July 2019