Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) program
The FLS program is a comprehensive web-based educational module that includes a hands-on skills training component and validated assessment tool designed to teach the physiology, fundamental knowledge, and technical skills required in basic laparoscopic surgery. FLS is CME accredited.
The FLS program covers a wide range of topics including techniques for safe entry into the peritoneal cavity, physiological changes associated with pneumoperitoneum and appropriate use of energy sources. Following study, you will be tested on your cognitive knowledge, technical skills and clinical judgment.
The FLS laparoscopic trainer box allows you to practice your technical skills, improve dexterity and psychomotor skills.
Learner objectives for the FLS program
- At the conclusion of the program, the participant will be able to:
- Describe the instruments and equipment used in laparoscopic surgery
- Identify important intraoperative considerations such as anesthesia and patient positioning
- Discuss the physiology of the pneumoperitoneum
- Outline the processes of access, trocar placement and abdominal examination
- Demonstrate the technique of laparoscopic suturing
- Provide an overview of biopsy techniques and hemostasis
- Summarize the process of exiting the abdomen and the requirements for postoperative care
Why take the FLS exam?
- FLS is a validated education and assessment program that definitively quantifies a candidate’s cognitive knowledge and manual skills.
- FLS provides hands-on skills training to practice technical abilities and improve dexterity.
- FLS permits learning of minimally invasive techniques in a completely safe environment, without putting patients at risk.
- The FLS exam has been mandated by the American Board of Surgery for all graduating surgical residents beginning in the 2009-2010 academic year.
- Beginning September 1, 2011, upon successful completion of the FLS exam participants will receive 12 AMA PRA Category 1 credits. Instructions for submitting the CME forms will be included with the FLS exam certificate.
- Beginning in 2012, all participants who take and pass the FLS exam will be listed in the FLS Public Registry available on the SAGES website.
Scheduling and Registration