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European premiere: The Nancy-Lorraine School of Surgery integrates a new generation of VirtaMed laparoscopic simulators into their surgical curriculum.

March 23, 2021

The Nancy-Lorraine School of Surgery is a medical simulation training and research center at the forefront of surgical training in France and the whole of Europe. The Institution has just been equipped with a new innovative simulator, the VirtaMed LaparoS™, which helps resident doctors prepare for clinical practice safely and efficiently. Developed by VirtaMed, the world leader in medical simulation training, the simulator revolutionizes the way medical skills are taught.

Never the first time on the patient

The opportunities for young surgeons to practice their skills in real-life conditions are increasingly limited. However as the High Authority for Health (HAS) in France reminds us, the fundamental principle "Never the first time on a patient," aimed to protect patient safety, applies particularly to surgery simulation. As simulators provide a risk-free training environment, they have become the benchmark for surgical training.

The Nancy-Lorraine School of Surgery – via the Lorraine Virtual Hospital – offers residents and doctors the opportunity to practice on state-of-the-art simulators to improve their surgical techniques. To provide the most realistic experience possible, they selected the LaparoS™.

The surgical simulator, a comprehensive learning solution

The Nancy School of Surgery has confidently worked with VirtaMed simulators since 2015, and this latest addition adds to their high-fidelity simulators for hysteroscopy, cystoscopy, and arthroscopy. Unlike most simulators, the VirtaMed platform is universal and can be used with all VirtaMed training modules (e.g. knee, pelvis, etc.).

The University of Lorraine will use the LaparoS™ for general surgery and gynecological laparoscopy training, giving residents of both disciplines the ability to develop their surgical skills with the help of the simulator.

Lucie Kliková, Business Development Manager at VirtaMed, said, “I am thrilled that the University of Lorraine chose VirtaMed as their partner for laparoscopic skills training. Our mission has always been to advance medical education and there is nothing more rewarding than helping trainees to realize their potential and become successful surgeons.”

Professor Ahmet Ayav, head of the Digestive Surgery Department at the Nancy Regional University Hospital, was present during the installation of the LaparoS™ simulators and seized the opportunity to  invite some of his residents for their first-ever round of simulation training. Professor Ayav said, “VirtaMed’s laparoscopic simulator delivers unparalleled levels of realism and will play an important role in preparing residents for real OR scenarios, including team training and management of complications. We compared many high-fidelity simulators and are confident that the LaparoS™ is the simulator with the highest potential.” 

The residents, Dr Alice Pitout and Dr Agathe Postillon, agreed with Dr Ayav stating that “the LaparoS™ simulator teaches residents to learn from mistakes in a safe environment that is still very close to the setup we have in the OR. The variety of simulated instruments, realistic organ and tissue behaviour, including smoke that appears inside the simulation when coagulating, add to the superiority of the LaparoS™.”

About VirtaMed

VirtaMed is the world leader in medical training using mixed reality simulators for minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic interventions in general surgery, OB/GYN, orthopedics, and urology. Combining virtual reality graphics with original instruments and anatomic models for realistic tactile feedback, VirtaMed partners with medical societies, such as the Association Française de Chirurgie (AFC), and medical device companies.

VirtaMed’s simulation platform offers unique features:

  • Compatibility with all VirtaMed training specialities
  • Possibility to switch between different modules in less than 1 minute
  • Reliability and robustness of Swiss engineering

VirtaMed's vision is to improve the quality of medical care with state-of- the-art, virtual reality based medical training and education. For more information, visit

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About the Nancy-Lorraine School of Surgery

The Nancy-Lorraine School of Surgery was founded in 2006. Through a strong identification process at the national and international level, it strives to develop training and research activities in the field of multidisciplinary medico-surgical innovation (telesurgery, robotic surgery, laparoscopic, endoscopic, endoluminal surgery, cellular and tissue repairing surgery) and promotion of therapeutic validation procedures based on surgical expertise.

This multidisciplinary structure is unique in Europe. It has set up innovative certified courses which respond to the latest developments in minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy, endoscopy, and robotics) and which improve teaching standards at national and even European level. For more information, visit

About the Lorraine Virtual Hospital

Located on more than 3000m2 in the heart of the Nancy-Brabois School of Medicine Campus, the Lorraine Virtual Hospital is a learning institution dedicated to the initial and continuing education of public and private health professionals. It is a place of innovation and research. Supported by an Economic Interest Group made up of three stakeholders – the University of Lorraine, the Nancy-Brabois University Hospital, and the Lorraine Institute of Cancerology – this multidisciplinary education center of excellence puts the emphasis on simulation-based training to improve patients’ health. More information on


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