Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Surgery

Northwestern Center for Advanced Surgical Education (N-CASE)

N-CASE provides our residents with the optimal learning environment for the practicing and honing skills, including motor skills and clinical decision making.  It also serves as a research laboratory serving to bridge the gap between theory and practice in motor skills learning and performance, as well as studying best practices for learning error anticipation, recognition, and rescue.  In the past, surgical education was characterized by the dictum, “see one, do one, teach one” – however, this approach is no longer tenable by educators (inefficient and highly variable quality of education), operating room systems (increases OR time and costs) or patients (understandably concerned about quality and potential errors of novice learners).   The NCASE facility serves as a resource for learning multiple types of skills (technical, procedural, team training) and for research in motor learning, performance, and measurement, model development, instrument development and testing, and cognitive sciences to name a few.

A Leader in Clinical Skills Assessment & Curriculum Development:  At the Northwestern Center for Advanced Surgical Education (N-CASE), we are fostering collaborative efforts among medical disciplines that utilize technical skills and emphasize the safe and effective delivery of high quality patient care. Our reach and impact are extensive. We provide courses for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 12 different surgical divisions, and five non-surgical departments, as well as several continuing medical education courses.

N-CASE courses focus on technical skills acquisition and critical decision making for students, residents, and practicing clinicians.  Sound learning theories guide our course development and implementation. We use locally developed educational technologies and assessment tools to facilitate our training efforts. Medical students, residents, and current faculty members are offered the opportunity to practice everything from relatively basic IV catheterization to more challenging, cutting-edge laparoscopic techniques.

Learn more about Surgical Simulation via the Department of Medical Education site.