Ensure that your trainees reach a defined level of proficiency in ob/gyn before examining real patients. VirtaMed GynoS™ provides a structured training approach based on progressively more complex cases. Trainees learn to recognize pathologies and handle complications, while having the time to ask questions during procedures and reflect on findings.
Prof. Dr. med. Michael Bajka, MD, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland
What I like best about the VirtaMed GynoS™ is the combination of real tactile sensation provided by the pelvic model and the large variety of training scenarios thanks to virtual-reality simulation. We have been working hard to make the feeling of entering the cervix, passing through the internal os, and carefully touching the uterine fundus a life-like experience. At any time of the running procedure, if desired, GynoS™ gives detailed instructions on what to do and what not to do, as well as immediate feedback when something is going wrong. I am convinced that the GynoS™ will improve education in gynecology, and thus enhance patient safety and comfort.
1st Trimester Transvaginal Obstetric Ultrasound
The realistic tactile sensation of the transvaginal probe facilitates the transfer of skills from the ultrasound simulator to the patient. Focusing on fetal ages between 5 and 12 weeks, clinicians learn to assess the viability of the 1st trimester fetus, including pregnancies of unknown location and ectopic pregnancies.
2nd Trimester Transabdominal Obstetric Ultrasound
As the first simulator incorporating the 20+2 scanning protocol, the VirtaMed ultrasound simulator offers the most systematic approach to examining the first and second trimester fetus. Equipped with a proprietary probe that allows for a free navigation across the entire abdomen, the simulator experience is as close to real life settings as possible. Clinicians can practice across over 100 cases, various fetal positions, different placenta locations, and doppler imaging. Fetal ages range between 10-26 weeks.
Developed in collaboration with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Embryo Transfer simulator is used for training in embryo transfer in In Vitro Fertilization and Intrauterine Insemination, both under and without ultrasound guidance. The simulator combines an anatomically correct pelvic model, original Wallace® and Cook Guardia™ catheters, and a proprietary transabdominal probe. Training cases are based on real patient ultrasound images and include interchangeable unique uteri / cervix models: straight, bent, and tortuous cervical canal, canal with false passage, and a retroverted uterus. The simulator accommodates the three transfer techniques, as defined by the ASRM: afterload, transfer with trial, and transfer without trial.
A diversity training cases teach doctors how to safely insert intra-uterine devices (IUDs) in anteverted or retroverted uteri, along with nulliparous or parous patient cases. Repeatable cases help trainees to quickly master the relevant motor skills while safely handling and correctly placing the inserts. Again, the patient comfort scale gives immediate feedback on the safety and quality of the procedure. Outside views and ghost tools guide the trainee during the first placements. Afterwards, unguided procedures are recorded and can be looked at for debriefing.
Accelerate student learning with a variety of pathologies and cases at all difficulty levels. GynoS™ hysteroscopy offers on-demand, comprehensive, and risk-free endoscopy training where students use original medical instruments to treat virtual fibroids, establish uterine distension, clear viewing conditions, and how to safely handle loop electrode and rollerball for resection, coagulation, and endometrial ablation. For the more experienced learner, there are patients with more serious gynecological pathologies, including multiple polyps, intramural fibroids, uterine adhesions, or a septum. In the risk-free environment provided by simulation, more advanced endoscopic techniques can also be trained. For example, reducing the fluid inflow leads to a reduction of uterine distension, allowing the intramural parts of fibroids naturally to expand into the cavity for easier resection.
Intrauterine Tissue Removal
One of the most common procedures, the VirtaMed MyoSure® Tissue Removal module prepares you to safely and efficiently remove fibroids, polyps, and myomas from inside the uterus. Learners gain experience correctly manipulating the MyoSure® device and scope, as well as using the pressure pump. With sixteen diverse cases of varying difficulty levels, trainees get the chance to progress at their own pace and to master the essentials before engaging in clinical practice.
The ergonomic platform is compatible with all ob/gyn training modules, as well as with other VirtaMed specialties, such as orthopedics and urology, making it an all-in-one training tool.
- Anatomically correct pelvic model for realistic tactile sensation
- Sub-millimeter tracking of instruments
- Interchangeable modules for a comprehensive ob/gyn training: transvaginal and transabdominal ultrasound, hysteroscopy, embryo transfer, and IUD placement
- High-fidelity images containing anatomical structures, pathologies, and complications
The portable platform is a lighter and more compact version of the full GynoS™ platform. As it can be easily transported in two luggage-sized boxes, the portable platform is the ideal solution for teaching at different sites.
This contains the anatomically correct pelvic model and tracked instruments, as per the modular platform.
We offer several different levels of service and support packages tailored specifically to the needs of hospitals and training centers. These can provide you with completed coverage (and peace of mind) when it comes to protecting your investment and getting the most out of your simulator. More about VirtaMed customer service and support
Keep your focus on education with remote access; conveniently assign courses and manage curricula, and motivate students with online leader boards, all from the convenience of your office.
Connect lets you track student and cohort progress, helping you easily coach students on key areas for improvement and capture and compare student results over time.
Use Connect to scale simulation to your needs. Because it is cloud-based, Connect can help you easily manage multi-simulator or multi-site training programs.
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Training & Education
Our T&E team is here to help you get the most out of your simulator. In addition to introductory sessions, the T&E team offers in-depth training in a variety of areas and in multiple languages (English, German, French, Italian and Chinese). The T&E team can organize trainings that are as diverse as our customers, catering to groups of all sizes and interests. For example, they have helped customers develop courses for trainees preparing for the European board exam or the Swiss Orthopedic exam as well as courses for experienced professionals looking to train on the less-common joints such as the ankle. More about the VirtaMed Training & Education services
Simulation Training for Embryo Transfer: Findings from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Embryo Transfer Certificate Course
Sarah Ramaiah, Keith Ray, and Richard ReindollarThe American Society for Reproductive Medicine Embryo Transfer Certificate Course data analysis demonstrates the effectiveness of simulator-based ET training for REI fellows across the 3 years of training, regardless of prior experience with live ET.
Operative and diagnostic hysteroscopy: A novel learning model combining new animal models and virtual reality simulation
Alfred Bassil, Chrystèle Rubod, Yves Borghesi, Yohan Kerbage, Elie Servan Schreiber, Henri Azaïs, Charles GarabedianHysteroscopy is one of the most common gynaecological procedure. Training for diagnostic and operative hysteroscopy can be achieved through numerous previously described models like animal models or virtual reality simulation. We present our novel combined model associating virtual reality and bovine uteruses and bladders.
Integration and Validation of Hysteroscopy Simulation in the Surgical Training Curriculum
Mohamed Elessawy, Moritz Skrzipczyk, Christel Eckmann-Scholz, Nicolai Maass, Liselotte Mettler, Veronika Guenther, Marion van Mackelenbergh, Dirk O. Bauerschlag, Ibrahim AlkatoutThe primary objective of our study was to test the construct validity of the HystSim hysteroscopic simulator to determine whether simulation training can improve the acquisition of hysteroscopic skills regardless of the previous levels of experience of the participants. The secondary objective was to analyze the performance of a selected task, using specially designed scoring charts to help reduce the learning curve for both novices and experienced surgeons.
Standardizing Hysteroscopy Teaching: Development of a Curriculum Using the Delphi Method
Neveu M.-E, Debras E, Niro J. Fernandez H, Panel P.Hysteroscopy is performed often and in many indications but is challenging to learn. Hands-on training in live patients faces ethical, legal, and economic obstacles. Virtual reality simulation may hold promise as a hysteroscopy training tool. No validated curriculum specific in hysteroscopy exists. The aim of this study was to develop a hysteroscopy curriculum, using the Delphi method to identify skill requirements.
Evaluation of the HystSim™-virtual reality trainer: an essential additional tool to train hysteroscopic skills outside the operation theater
Felix Neis, Sara Brucker, Melanie Henes, F. Andrei Taran, Sascha Hoffmann, Markus Wallwiener, Birgitt Schönfisch, Nicole Ziegler, Angelika Larbig, Rudy Leon De WildeMinimally invasive surgery is a major pillar of gynecological surgery. However, there are very few training opportunities outside the operation theater (OR) due to the cost and equipment requirements of organ simulators, virtual reality trainers (VRT) are promising tools to fill this gap.
Assessment of a high-fidelity mobile simulator for intrauterine contraception training in ambulatory reproductive health centres
Laura E. Dodge, Michele R. Hacker, Sarah H. Averbach, Sara F. Voit and Maureen E. PaulLittle is known about the utility of simulation-based training in office gynaecology. The objective of this cross-sectional study was to evaluate the self-reported effectiveness and acceptability of the PelvicSim™ (VirtaMed), a highfidelity mobile simulator, to train clinicians in intrauterine device (IUD) insertion.
Hysteroscopic Resection on Virtual Reality Simulator: What do We Measure?
Panel P, Neveu M.-E, Villain C, Debras F, Fernandez H, Debras E.The objective was to compare results of two groups of population (novices and experts) on a virtual reality simulator of hysteroscopy resection for different metrics and for a multimetric score to assess its construct validity.
Evaluation of a New Virtual-Reality Training Simulator for Hysteroscopy
PD Dr. med. Michael Bajka, Dr. Stefan Tuchschmid, Daniel Fink, Prof. Dr. Gabor Szekely, PD Dr. Matthias HardersFace validity has been established for a new hysteroscopic surgery simulator. Potential trainees and trainers assess it to be a realistic and useful tool for the training of hysteroscopy. Further systematic validation studies are needed to clarify how this system can be optimally integrated into the gynecological curriculum.
Establishing Construct Validity of a Virtual-Reality Training Simulator for hysteroscopy via a Multimetric Scoring System
PD Dr. med. Michael Bajka, Dr. Stefan Tuchschmid, Daniel Fink, Prof. Dr. Gabor Szekely, PD Dr. Matthias HardersThe aims of this study are to determine construct validity for the HystSim™ virtual reality (VR) training simulator for hysteroscopy via a new multimetric scoring system (MMSS) and to explore learning curves for both novices and experienced surgeons.
Preliminary Experience with Virtual Reality Simulation vs. Animal Model for Hysteroscopic Myomectomy Training
L.R. Glazerman, S.R. Hart, M. Bajka, D. Fink, R.R. BassalyThe HystSim™ Virtual Reality hysteroscopic trainer was felt to be at least equal to the ‘‘gold standard’’ pig bladder model for training in hysteroscopic myomectomy with the additional advantages of reproducibility and measurement of results. Further studies comparing modalities and relating results to operating room performance are warranted.