The Andrews Research & Education Foundation (AREF) Surgical Skills Lab provides space and services for physicians and medical professionals to experience hands-on training in the latest surgical techniques and orthopaedic devices. Conveniently located on site with the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, the Surgical Skills Lab is an integral cornerstone of AREF’s education programs, fellowship program, and research studies conducted by the Andrews Institute physicians. With the ability to stream live broadcasts to on-site classrooms, the Surgical Skills Lab further enhances didactic sessions and continuing education conferences facilitated on the AREF campus.

Renovated in 2016, the 2,000 square feet of surgical skills lab offers ample space to conduct procedures and device testing with the ability to accommodate groups of all sizes. The lab features full arthroscopic capabilities at five stations, mobile work stations equipped with cadaver stands and hardware, a walk in freezer for specimen storage, an Instron machine for device testing, and C-arm capabilities for imaging purposes. For client’s convenience, AREF offers specimen ordering and waste disposal, specimen staging, an assistant during labs, and clean up that includes a steam sterilizer for utensils. The lab is open to all surgical disciplines, and is available Monday through Friday morning or evening. To further supplement events, AREF offers catering services through Legends Café for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and/or snacks.

It is AREF’s goal to ensure that all of our client’s needs and expectations are fulfilled to facilitate a professional and enjoyable learning experience. If you are interested in hosting a lab or event at AREF, please contact Leandra Price, Educaiton Manager, using the information provided below.

Leandra Price, Education Manager
(850) 916-8583

“The surgical skills lab at the Andrews Research & Education Foundation is equipped with everything needed to support an effective cadaver lab. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful!”

-Chris Hotary, Director of Marketing, RTI Surgical

AREF Surgical Skills Lab Features:
  • 2,000 square feet of lab space
  • Complete set-up for cadaver staging and testing
  • Lab time is available seven days a week: morning, afternoon, and evening
  • Built in digital audio-visual equipment
  • 5 dissection stations each equipped with arthroscopic capabilities
  • Open to all surgical specialties
  • General instrumentation, dissection equipment, and C-arm rental available


AREF Amenities:
  • Catering services for breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided through Legends Café
  • Discounted hotel accommodations on beautiful Pensacola Beach
  • Transportation arrangement and shuttle services available
  • Multiple rooms available with or without use of lab
  • Free WiFi available throughout the facility