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Surgical Skills Centre


The Surgical Skills Centre delivers high quality, relevant procedure-based skills courses to local, national and international medical personnel at all stages of their career.


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About the Centre

The Surgical Skills Centre, developed by Sir Alfred Cuschieri in 1992, has facilities which include two wet labs with workstations equipped with state of the art laparoscopic equipment, and an anatomy laboratory equipped with operating microscopes. Part task trainers and computer workstations permit virtual reality anatomy and endoscopic training. All rooms have large flat screens to which live surgery can be streamed from operating theatres in Ninewells hospital. The DIHS makes extensive use of cadavers preserved using the Thiel technique, a sophisticated method of preservation of complete human cadavers with provides an excellent model for procedural skills training that is unique in the UK. This refurbishment provides us with an additional seminar room, a new delegates lounge area along with a new AV/IT installation. 

Latest News 

We are very proud here at Surgical Skills Centre to be the First Centre in the UK to be awarded full accreditation from The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Keep a look out for updates on our exciting news!

"Partnering with the College as an accredited venue shows that it meets the same rigorous internal quality assurance processes as venues within The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Our Accredited Venue is The Dundee Institute for Healthcare Simulation, Ninewells Hospital. It is a large teaching hospital, based in Dundee, Scotland. It is internationally renowned for introducing laparoscopic surgery to the UK as well as being a leading centre in developing fields such as the management of cancer, medical genetics and robotic surgery"  

By the numbers

Thiel cadaver courses
Delegates trained each year
Specialities covered each year