Broward Health, Florida, was the first institution in the USA to incorporate the VirtaMed LaparoS™ into their General Surgery training curriculum. Their simulation lab is open 24/7/365, so residents can practice anytime they want, plus there is a mandatory one hour per week incorporated into the didactic program.
Dr. Ivan Puente, MD, FACS Program Director said
From the moment you walk up to the simulator you can set it up just like we do in the OR. We are able to mimic exactly what we do on the real patient. I like that we can add complications such as bleeding and bile leakage to better prepare residents for the OR. Clearly having the simulation before the operation enhances skills and improves patient safety.