FLS is a comprehensive web-based education module for laparoscopic surgery.

  • 10th Anniversary of the FLS Program

    Ten years ago SAGES launched FLS in response to the need for formal education in the underlying principles and basic skills of laparoscopic surgery. View a full article here

    10th Anniversary of the FLS Program
  • Welcome to FLS

    Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery …the definitive laparoscopic skills enhancement and assessment module. “Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery – Its Time Has Come”.

    Welcome to FLS
  • Why Take The FLS Test?

    Individual Surgeons We believe FLS will set the standard for laparoscopic surgery. Surgeons are increasingly required to document their competency. FLS offers surgeons the opportunity to assess and document their own knowledge and skills before they are required to.

    Why Take The FLS Test?
  • FLS Program Description

    FLS Information Bulletin FLS establishes a standard set of didactic information and manual skills serving as a basic curriculum to guide surgical residents, fellows and practicing surgeons in the performance of basic laparoscopic surgery.  By mastering the curriculum and gathering of skills in this inanimate modality, it is expected that surgical residents and surgeons will… Continue Reading

    FLS Program Description

Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery

FLS is a comprehensive web-based education module that includes a hands-on skills training component and assessment tool designed to teach the physiology, fundamental knowledge, and technical skills required in basic laparoscopic surgery. Our goal is to provide surgical residents, fellows and practicing physicians an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery in a consistent, scientifically accepted format; and to test cognitive, surgical decision-making, and technical skills, all with the goal of improving the quality of patient care.

FLS was designed for surgical residents, fellows and practicing physicians to learn and practice laparoscopic skills to have the opportunity to definitely measure and document those skills. The FLS Test measures cognitive knowledge, case/problem management skills and manual dexterity. The FLS program content has been endorsed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and is a joint educational offering of SAGES and ACS.

Valuable as a foundation or supplement to any current MIS curriculum, FLS is also an appropriate learning tool for disciplines such as gynecology and urology, as FLS is not procedure-specific.

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