Johnson Center for Surgical Innovation

Johnson Center for Surgical Innovation

The Johnson Center for Surgical Innovation (JCSI) was created from collaborative efforts between the Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA), members of the J. Bradley Aust Surgical Society and the Johnson family in honor of Dr. Stewart M. ‘Skeet’ Johnson and Mr. Hugh M. Johnson.

The JCSI is a 1300 square-foot simulation training facility designed to help surgery residents hone their skills in a safe, low-stakes environment. The JCSI is open to all residents 24 X 7 X 365.

Skills Development Rotation for First-Year Residents

Dedicated Skills Training Rotation for General Surgery Residents

A unique feature of our General Surgery Residency education program is our dedicated skills rotation. During this rotation, first-year residents are given the opportunity to learn many technical skills and declarative knowledge components in a safe, low-stakes, simulated environment. First-year residents spend 4 weeks in the Johnson Center.

The skills development rotation consists of the following curricula:

  • Basic Suturing and Knot-Tying
  • Intermediate Suturing and Knot-Tying
  • Advanced Suturing and Knot-Tying
  • Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Advanced Training in Laparoscopic Surgery (ATLAS)
  • Laparoscopic Camera Navigation
  • Flexible Endoscopy
  • Ultrasound Usage and Applications
  • Central Line Insertion
  • Intraosseous Line Insertion
  • Chest Tube Insertion
  • Code Management
  • Airway Management
  • Vascular Anastomosis
  • Introduction to Operating Room Instruments

The JCSI is a certified testing site for the SAGES Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS), Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES), and Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy (FUSE) exams.

FLS Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery | FUSE Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy | FES Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery
Dedicated Skills Training Rotation for General Surgery Residents

Contribute to JCSI Development

Contributions will be used to fund capital equipment for the Johnson Center for Surgical Innovation at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

The Johnson Center for Surgical Innovation gratefully acknowledges donations from the following:

  • Ewing Halsell Foundation
  • Ethicon Endosurgery
  • Karl Storz Endoscopy
  • Stryker Endoscopy
  • United States Surgical Corp.

Ross Willis PhD,
Director of Surgical Education

221E, Long School of Medicine
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900