Past and future images of Washington University Medical CenterWashington University Medical Center draws from a rich history (below) as it looks toward the future (above, rendering of campus after renewal).
The surgical skills lab at Washington University was founded in 2001 to address the ethical concerns, cost and patient safety issues, constraints on resident time, and new mandates restricting traditional surgical training in the operating room.  Over time, the skills lab garnered support in the form of spatial and technological resources, increased and varied funding sources, and resident utilization. 

The Washington University Institute for Surgical Education (WISE) was formally introduced in 2010, and expanded on the original skills lab philosophy by providing a multidisciplinary approach to advancing patient care and safety, education, and research in the field of surgery and its subspecialties.