Huntington Hospital Residency
Training Program Surgical Skills Laboratory
Mission and Objectives:
- Change the "see one, do one, teach one" philosophy of traditional surgical training.
- Provide a secure facility where surgical skills can be demonstrated and assessed according to RRC guidelines, without requiring real patient participation.
- Promote the research and development of surgical skills training methods.
- Allow the participation and training of students, residents, practicing physicians and surgeons.
- Investigate and incorporate innovative concepts for skills training.
Dr. David Martin Biography:
Dr. David Martin received degrees in Medical and Surgery from the Leicester University Medical School, England. He emigrated to America in 1992, and worked as a cardiothoracic surgical assistant while he studied for the United States medical licensing examinations. In 1995 he started a surgical residency at the Huntington Memorial Hospital and became the chief resident in general surgery in 2000. He is now a board-certified general surgeon, fellow of the American College of Surgeons and assistant clinical professor of surgery at the USC Keck Medical School. He is an active member of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, as well as the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
He specializes in advance laparoscopic and Bariatric (weight loss) surgery and is a key member of the teaching faculty for the surgery residency program of the Huntington Hospital. His interest in teaching minimally invasive surgery generated the momentum for the Surgical Skills Laboratory, with the purchase of a virtual reality laparoscopic simulator (LapMentor). He hopes that further additions to the curriculum of the skills lab will allow students, residents and attending surgeons to benefit from this valuable addition to the Huntington campus.
Dr. Martin lives in Pasadena with his wife and three daughters. His interest are skiing, windsurfing, swimming and running. He is still trying to convince his wife that video games are beneficial to his laparoscopic skills, and are therefore a necessary evil.