Surgical Preparatory Camp (PREP Camp)

  • Lisa SatterthwaiteEmail author
  • Jennifer Leighton
  • Oleg Safir


In 2013, the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto launched its first department-wide boot camp, a program that is now offered to all incoming surgical residents. As an integral part of surgical training in Toronto, the course is mandatory for all first-year residents and serves over 50 trainees each July. In this chapter, we review the background and principles behind this ambitious course, and we offer the information needed to establish a similar skills course at other institutions.


PREP camp Simulation based training Technical skills OSATS Assessment Planning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lisa Satterthwaite
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Jennifer Leighton
    • 1
  • Oleg Safir
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Surgical Skills CentreUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Surgical Skills CentreMount Sinai HospitalTorontoCanada
  4. 4.Division of Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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