• Sales representatives will receive a postgraduate request form of which details such as specimen criteria, expendable supplies, and catering needs can be specified.
  • Once request forms are submitted to the Director, a rough cost estimate will be sent to the vendor for their company's approval.  Note: Different companies may or may not require approval of the estimated cost
  • After approval from vendor's company, the Director along with LSU Health Shreveport's Dept. of Legal Affairs will draft a contract and send to the company's authorized legal signer.  Contracts are considered fully executed and binding once signatures are obtained from the anticipated sponsoring company and LSU Health Shreveport's Chancellor or authorized legal signer. 
  • After completion of course, an itemized invoice will be sent to the sponsoring vendor and participating sales representative.
  • Policies & Procedures governing SPARTA are available upon request from the Director of Surgical Skills. 

Course bookings/dates are first initiated by contacting the Director of Surgical Skills, La'Tonyia Franklin, RN via Email at and/or (318) 675-8465.

Policies & Procedures

Additional Policies & Procedures are available upon request to Lab Director.

It is SPARTA's policy that all participants utilizing the lab, follow all safety rules/regulations, and show respect for the dignity and humanity of the specimens used throughout the course. Click on the following link to view the responsibilities of the instructor as well as the participants.

Instructor Responsibilities

Instructor Responsibilities 

  • Instructors are responsible for seeking out and securing a sponsoring vendor/company who will cover all costs associated with hosting a teaching/training course 
  • Once instructor has verbally confirmed course with Lab Director, scheduling of a course along with a list of course instructors/participants will be required two months prior to the course date 
  • Instructors or their designee are responsible for development of the course program and any educational material needed 
  • Working with the laboratory director to create instrument trays needed for participants as well as cadaver specifics needed for the course.  If outside instrumentation or equipment is needed, the course instructor is required to contact the appropriate vendor. 
  • Arrangement of shipping/delivery/return of equipment or instrumentation will be coordinated with the laboratory director and sponsoring vendor/company.  A minimum 2 week notice to vendor for shipping/delivery of equipment and instrumentation is required.
  • Instructors may cancel class up until 12 PM 5 business days before class, after that sponsoring vendor will be charged the cost for harvesting/prep/storage of specimen if course is cancelled after 12 pm CST 5 business days before scheduled time. (Ex. Class on Saturday, cancellation allowed up until 12 pm CST Monday
  • Respect and preserve the dignity and humanity of all specimens acquired and used during training courses

Participant Responsibilities

Participant Responsibilities

  • All participants are required to have blood borne pathogen (BBP) training, and be able to show successful completion of BBP prior to date of the course (Contact Office of Safety Officer Michael Stroud 318-675-4753 for class availability, or La’Tonyia Franklin, RN)
  • Attend a laboratory orientation at the beginning of each course
  • Clean all utilized instrumentation/equipment upon completion of use. Instructions will be provided during course orientation
  • Follow all safety rules and regulations of the lab
  • Respect and preserve the dignity and humanity of all specimens acquired and used during training courses


Are outside specimens allowed?

Outside specimens are ONLY allowed if lab director cannot provide requested specimen. All cadaver specimens are provided by LSUHS's Anatomy department. We use cadaver specimens, however other types of non-human specimens or computer simulated products can be used. Coordination of specimen types is based on vendor requests.  

Are specimens serology tested?

YES, all specimens are tested for HIV1/HIV2, HEP A, HEP B, AND HEP C.

Who is allowed to use the lab?

Any LSUHS department wanting to train interns, residents, or fellows is allowed access to the lab. Attending surgeons or area practicing surgeons are also allowed to use the facility to update their skills, and/or learn new or evolving techniques.

Also, Surgical equipment/Medical device companies are allowed use of the facility to demonstrate their latest products, or showcase new technologies to train LSUHS's residents.

What equipment is in the lab?

The lab consists of 6 individual cadaveric training stations. Each station is equip with a surgical tower and boom with an endoscopic light, camera source, an insufflation box with carbon dioxide capabilities, and a power source for drills, shavers, foot pedals, electrical tools, etc. A demo station is available for instructors with camera and surgical lights. Additionally, there are 2 large flat screen monitors located in the lab for additional viewing. The lab is accompanied by a specimen preparation room with freezers for cadaveric storage, and a wash room for storage/cleaning of surgical equipment with a reliance Genfore instrument washer for decontamination (not sterilization). There is also storage space for personal belongings. Additionally, there is a conference room accommodating up to 35 people with projection and internet capabilities. Also, there is a conference center which seats up to 150 people and has video/telecom capabilities. We also have access to 3 lecture halls accommodating up to 125 people per room, 1 room which has telecom capabilities.  

What is the dress code?

The dress code during the course is scrubs and closed toe shoes. Personal protective equipment is required and provided.

Are meals provided?

Vendors have access to an in-house catering service or any of Shreveport's catering companies. Catering recommendations can be given; several companies provide meals throughout LSUHS's campus.

What if I don't have all of the necessary equipment for the course?

Surgical instruments can be rented upon request as designated in the contract.

Do you have access to Surgical Instruments that aren't included in the lists provided?

We are a teaching facility, and have access to surgical instruments from LSUHS's hospital. Contact director regarding surgical instruments/tools that aren't included in the provided lists.

Does the lab have a C-arm?

Yes, the lab does have C-arms, lead aprons, and radiation badges. Pricing for C-arm rentals will be included in cost estimates. 

Can a course be held during the weekend?

Yes, please contact the lab director regarding course dates. 

What is in the lab?

The lab area consists of a 1070.40 square foot bioskill/cadaver laboratory that functions as an OR, with wet lab capabilities. It is fully outfitted with a range of surgical towers, booms, lighting, and anesthesia equipment. The area is complemented by a conference room, conference center, and three lecture halls for training and operational meetings.

Surgical Skills Lab

Policies and Procedures