The Centre for Minimal Access Surgery (CMAS), a McMaster University Centre located at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, was established in the fall of 1999.

As a state-of-the-art multi disciplinary technological education and research centre, it was designed to increase the awareness and understanding, as well as support the research and development, of the specialized techniques of minimal access surgery and surgical innovation.

The vision of the Centre is three fold, education and skills training to advance the caliber and scope of minimal access training, research and development in robotics and surgical innovations, and telehealth through the development of mission critical telehealth applications. These applications will incorporate the newly developed innovations and provide support to the surgeons and the communities in which they practice. CMAS's increasing scope has prompted the creation of the McMaster Institute of Surgical Invention, Innovation and Education (MISIIE). This University/Hospital Institute facilitates collaborative relationships with Faculties including Engineering and partnerships with industry.

CMAS currently runs 20 to 25 courses each year to train surgeons, fellows, residents, nurses and allied healthcare professionals on the latest techniques of minimal access surgery and provides a mentorship program to assist and support surgeons in adopting these innovative techniques.

This year approval was received for a Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) Certification Centre at the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery (CMAS), at St. Joseph's Hospital and the McMaster University Department of Surgery in Hamilton, Ontario.

The Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) is a CME accredited program.  It consists of two components, a comprehensive web-based education module and a hands-on skill-training component.  It is an assessment tool designed to teach the physiology, fundamental knowledge and technical skills required in laparoscopic surgery.

The existing recommendation from the Royal College is that all graduating surgical residents, minimally invasive fellows, Hepatic/Pancreatic/Biliary fellows, and Colorectal fellows should have received their Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Certification by the time they have completed their residency/fellowship.

CMAS is recognized internationally for educational programs that specialize in laparoscopic and MIS surgery across all disciplines.  As a FLS Certification Centre, CMAS/McMaster University will now be able to certify their own fellows and residents as well as residents from other universities and applicable programs.

CMAS will also be able to offer certification and a more extensive practice facility for residents and fellows, as well as surgeons from our affiliated community hospitals, increasing recognition of CMAS, McMaster University and the Department of Surgery as continuing to strive for excellence as leaders in education.

CMAS will serve as a training centre for customers of CSii's IGAR technology, providing educational expertise and support for surgeons and staff from the institutions who have acquired the IGAR device as well as for healthcare professionals interested in developing skills in the use of IGAR technology.

CMAS is dedicated to providing better patient outcomes.

CMAS is working hand in hand with CSii to change the operating rooms of the future.