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Skills Acquisition & Innovation Laboratory (SAIL)

Since its opening in 2008, the Skill Acquisition and Innovation Library (SAIL) at Weill Cornell Medicine has played a major role in teaching generations of surgeons the basics of acute patient care as well as the latest surgical techniques and procedures.

A vital teaching and research laboratory open 24-7, SAIL is part of the Department of Surgery’s strong commitment to providing unique, personalized training. Residents, fellows, medical students, attending surgeons and other healthcare professionals use the lab to acquaint themselves with new technologies and to maintain and broaden their surgical skill set.

To achieve that goal, SAIL uses the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology within the framework of surgical simulation science, allowing us to recreate a wide array of patient care situations. Our equipment also allows us to record and collect metadata as surgeons work through the simulations so they can review their performance.

SAIL offers a large simulation operating room (OR), which contains a full-bodied mannequin that breathes, blinks and talks in response to medications and procedures.

The lab also has a simulation patient care/emergency 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.

Other features of the lab include 30 high-definition cameras, 15 large, high-definition LED flat screens, two dozen omnidirectional microphones and a command center that controls all the cameras from a central location. 

SAIL also contains a state-of-the-art conference room equipped with a wall of high-definition flat screens that are designed for interactive teaching sessions and live operations from the hospital’s operating rooms and from anywhere in the world.

The lab is a collaboration between the Department of Surgery, the Department of Anesthesiology and the Department of Radiology at Weill Cornell Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

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