Training General Surgery Residents in Inguinal Hernia Repair

  • Nicole Kissane Lee
  • Vandana Botta
  • Mariah Alexander Beasley


Inguinal hernia repair is an exceedingly common surgical procedure and comprises a core skill set for the surgical trainee. Over time, the means by which to repair an inguinal hernia have broadened to include open surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and robotic surgery. Although experience in all three techniques is important, we feel that a strong foundation in the open repair and understanding of relevant anatomy are essential for trainee education. To provide a uniform and reproducible hernia repair experience for all learners with standardized faculty support, we designed and implemented an open surgery hernia lab utilizing cadaveric tissue and simulated hernias.


Inguinal hernia repair Surgical curriculum Hernia curriculum Surgical resident education Medical simulation 



The authors would like to thank Hobart Akin, MD, FACS, Sperry Nelson, MD, FACS, and the staff at the University of Tennessee Center for Advanced Medical Simulation for their invaluable contributions to this hernia curriculum.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicole Kissane Lee
    • 1
  • Vandana Botta
    • 2
  • Mariah Alexander Beasley
    • 3
  1. 1.Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of SurgeryIndianapolisUSA
  2. 2.University of Tennessee School of MedicineMemphisUSA
  3. 3.University of Tennessee School of Medicine, Department of SurgeryKnoxvilleUSA

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