The center has a broad curriculum that includes use of endoscopy and laparoscopic simulators, training in surgical techniques and instrumentation, cadaver dissection, instruction in emergent procedures and preparation for performing specific surgical procedures.

In addition to general surgery residents, the WISE Center provides training to practicing surgeons, physicians from other disciplines, residents from other disciplines, medical students, allied health professionals and nurses. The center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons and offers Fundamentals of Endoscopy Surgery (FES), Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS), and Fundamentals of Surgical Energy (FUSE) testing.


The Washington University (WashU) Institute for Surgical Education (WISE) offers surgical skills training through simulators, labs and courses.

Certification Testing

We offer testing for certifications in Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery, Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery and Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy.