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Get the most out of your simulator with the help of our Training & Education team (T&E). In addition to simulator installation and introductory sessions, T&E offers in-depth training and curriculum integration in a variety of disciplines and in multiple languages (English, German, French, Italian and Chinese). 

Training & Education Team

Curriculum Integration


Using simulators in training can help you reduce both the time and costs of getting your trainees up to the best possible standard. Drawing upon their in-depth simulator knowledge, the T&E team works with you to develop the best simulator-based courses for your organization, and then helps you to integrate these courses into your existing curriculum.

Accelerate Training

  • Simulators offer risk-free hands-on experience where students can make mistakes and test boundaries.
  • Train with original instruments and highly realistic graphics to ease the transfer of skills from the simulator to the OR.
  • Step-by-step instructions help students develop basic arthroscopy skills before guiding them through increasingly complex diagnostic and therapeutic cases.

Help Trainees Achieve Their Goals

  • Objectively assess trainees’ skills to set benchmarks and targets. Ensure trainees achieve predetermined levels of proficiency prior to entering the OR.
  • Use our society-endorsed courses to help students reach benchmarks, or work with us to create world-class courses of your own. 
  • Provide students with detailed feedback reports after every procedure. Quickly identify areas for improvement.

Save Time and Money

  • Trainees with regular access to a simulator reach defined proficiency levels more quickly, meaning that they get into the OR sooner.
  • Residents first trained on a simulator take less time to complete procedures once they are in the OR - and make fewer errors.
  • Trainees enter the OR having already mastered the basics and can focus on learning more complex skills.

Getting Started

Simulation Integration Process

Research

Our T&E team takes education and research very seriously, and functions as VirtaMed’s link to medical academia. To see a list of research validating VirtaMed simulators, head over to our validation studies page.

As part of their commitment to medical education, the T&E team has supported researcher Paul Walbron in using our simulators to evaluate 118 first-year orthopedic interns in France. Simulators, because they provide impartial, objective, and quantitative results, were the ideal tool to test residents and establish a baseline skill set.

This national study, supported by Le Collège Français des Chirurgiens Orthopédistes et Traumatologues (CFCOT) and the Société Francophone d’Arthroscopie (SFA), aims to inform France’s new simulator mandate, including how best to establish a skills baseline for French orthopedic interns and determining the approximate training time required for an intern to reach predefined proficiency levels prior to entering the OR. Additional studies are planned, which will focus on how to best integrate mandatory simulation curriculum for orthopedic surgeons into French medical education.

VirtaMed collaborates closely with societies to inform our simulator content, and have long-standing relationships with the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). T&E also actively supports societies in their pursuit of bettering medical education through increased standardization. The T&E team is currently working with the Federation of Orthodaedic Trainees in Europe (Forte), the Society for Arthroscopy and Joint Surgery (AGA), and the Société Francophone d’Arthroscopie (SFA) to establish an international standard for the base-level of proficiency required for interns prior to starting in the OR. 


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1 Gallagher, A. G., et al. “Virtual Reality Simulation for the Operating Room: Proficiency-based Training as a Paradigm Shift in Surgical Skills Training.” Annals of Surgery. 241, no. 2 (2005): 364.