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Skills Acquisition & Innovation Laboratory

The Department of Surgery, in collaboration and partnership with the Departments of Anesthesiology and Interventional Radiology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine, recently opened our newly-renovated, expanded Skills Acquisition & Innovation Laboratory (SAIL), which is a unique educational resource designed for residents, fellows, medical students, attending surgeons and other healthcare professionals to improve patient safety through simulation. A vital, 24-hour, 7 days a week teaching and research laboratory, SAIL is part of our Department’s strong commitment to providing unique, personalized training, which uses the most advanced, state-of- the-art technology within the framework of surgical simulation science. Since its opening in 2008, SAIL has played a major role in helping our Department teach generations of surgeons acute patient care, surgical techniques and procedures. With developments in the field of surgery occurring at a rapid pace, SAIL provides a critical training component, enabling new and seasoned surgeons to become acquainted with new technologies and to maintain and broaden their surgical skill set. Under the directorship of Jay Rosenberg, DVM, our newly renovated and expanded facility offers simulation technologies and is designed for immersive simulation and fully functional connectivity, utilizing transparent technology which records and collects metadata to assess performance for training purposes. SAIL enables us to recreate a wide array of patient care situations where residents and fellows can practice and perfect many surgical techniques prior to their operative experience. They can also practice and pass surgical simulation tests that are now required for board certification in General Surgery. Medical students can practice basic skills prior to their clinical rotations in order to be prepared to be integral and safe members of the healthcare team. SAIL includes thirty high definition cameras, fifteen large, high definition LED flat screens, two dozen omni-directional microphones, and a command center, which controls all the cameras from a central location. It offers a large OR simulation room, which contains a full bodied mannequin that breathes, blinks, talks and responds to medications and procedures. The Lab also has a simulation patient care/ER room, and a simulation procedural skills lab, with inanimate tissue models and the most advanced minimally invasive surgery and technology equipment to practice surgical procedures. The state-of-the art conference room, equipped with a wall of high definition flat screens, enables the highest quality broadcast and is designed for interactive teaching sessions and live operations from the hospital’s ORs and from anywhere in the world.

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Weill Cornell BioVenture eLab

The BioVenture eLab, part of BioPharma Alliances & Research Collaborations,

is a new program at Weill Cornell Medicine. The mission is to foster an entrepreneurial ecosystem for researchers, clinicians and staff at Weill Cornell Medicine. Access is provided to resources, training and mentorship in biomedical entrepreneurship. The goal is to position members of the WCM community for success and to build the next generation of leaders in life science industries and new ventures.

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Clinical Translational Science Center

When created in 2007, the CTSC developed and launched CTSC Programs consisting of core components which are readily available key resources, tools, collaborative opportunities, and staff to promote translational research. The core components are interwoven into the CTSC’s organizational structure - with all sections working in concert to accelerate team research.

Our focus has been on the transformation of clinical and translational research practices by providing investigators with the resources needed to develop scientifically sound research protocols and competitive grant submissions, and by assisting them with safe and efficient study implementation. The CTSC leadership has increasingly supported efforts to train community-based investigators and expand their ability to conduct collaborative research with faculty members; to educate the community on the importance of participation in clinical research; and to pilot projects that advance transdisciplinary team research innovation and entrepreneurship.

Following an NIH planning grant award, the Weill Cornell CTSC was formed in 2007 - a CTSC multi-institutional consortium. Uniquely, five core participating institutions of this biomedical complex are clustered within a two block radius on York Avenue (“The Translational Research Avenue”) in the borough of Manhattan – with other partner institutions located within walking distance on the east side of Manhattan. Consequently, a powerful strength of the CTSC consortium is the close proximity of most partners facilitating interaction, participation in governance, resources, and the ease in forming new collaborations.

On the Translational Research Avenue reside the following prestigious institutions: Weill Cornell Medical College (WMC, a top-ranked clinical and medical research center), its Graduate School of Medical Sciences (WGSMS)3, the Greenberg Pavilion (The Cornell Campus of the highly rated NewYork Presbyterian Hospital); Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK - a renowned Cancer Center)4, the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS - a top rated Orthopedic Hospital)5, and the Animal Medical Center (AMC-a national leader in animal care)6. In close proximity to this complex is the Cornell University Cooperative Extension in New York City (CUCE-NYC) and, Hunter College8 (The "crown jewel" of City University of New York (CUNY), with its Center for Translational and Basic Research (CTBR)/Research Center for Minority Institutions (RCMI)), the School of Nursing (HCSON), and the School of Urban Public Health. In addition to this east side of Manhattan partnership of institutions, the CTSC has extensive collaborative ties to both Cornell University, Ithaca14, particularly with the Nanobiotechnology Center, the Schools of Bioengineering, Veterinary Medicine, the McGovern Center for Venture Development and the Johnson School of Business and to the Burke Medical Research Institute for Rehabilitation, White Plains, NY. In sum, the Weill Cornell CTSC is a complex biomedical consortium, rich in resources and talented researchers advancing to CTSC.

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