Residents feel very fortunate to have a microsurgical skills lab readily available. From as early as their first year, residents are able to practice microsurgery in vivo in the lab. When residents have down time, they can contact staff to schedule a practice session.  Residents often get a lot of practice in the micro lab during their research months when their schedules are more flexible. This allows for greater skill and autonomy by the time they are expected to do microsurgery in the operating room.