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VirtaMed and CICE to Announce Partnership for Gynecological Endoscopy Certification

December 07, 2022

CICE recently opened a new simulation training room with VirtaMed surgical gynecology simulators to advance their surgical training program

Zurich, Switzerland –
The CICE (International Center for Endoscopic Surgery) in Clermont-Ferrand, France, an internationally renowned endoscopic training center and the first in Europe to implement the European certification (GESEA), has inaugurated a training room using VirtaMed LaparoS™ Gynecological Laparoscopy and GynoS™ Hysteroscopy simulators.

CICE and VirtaMed will partner to integrate the VirtaMed mixed-reality simulators into the CICE training program, developing a comprehensive training approach with the goal to include more advanced and measurable surgical cases to improve the quality of training and the skills transfer to the operating room.

The VR-enabled simulators allow surgeons to practice key surgical skills such as camera navigation, fluid management, safe exposure and resection of anatomical structures as well as handling of surgical complications. All this in a highly realistic, objective and stress-free training environment. 

We are very excited to collaborate with VirtaMed on the development of an advanced surgical training program for gynecology. We chose the VirtaMed simulators because they offer a training environment that is very close to what we experience in the operating room and at the same time it offers objective performance evaluation criteria,” said Professor Revaz Botchorishvili, Director of CICE.

Our team is looking forward to working with CICE. VirtaMed’s simulators are designed with the premise of teaching manual skills based on state-of-the-art learning psychology findings in a highly realistic environment. The collaboration goes well in hand with our efforts towards standardized and proficiency based training not only for novices but also for more advanced residents,” explains Dr. Martina Vitz, Senior Vice-President Training and Education at VirtaMed. 


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 European Society for Gynecological Endoscopy (ESGE), 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 


Anna Rosenlöhner
Senior Category Manager Laparoscopy at VirtaMed


About CICE (The International Center for Endoscopic Surgery)

The International Center for Endoscopic Surgery (CICE) was created in 1990 by Professor Maurice-Antoine Bruhat in the joint dynamics of the evolution of surgical techniques towards endoscopic approaches and new imaging technologies. 

As a recognized leader of this minimally invasive surgical technique in gynecology, the Clermont team has, in parallel to its clinical activity, felt the need to establish a center dedicated to this teaching.

The courses provided at CICE, from the introduction to advanced techniques are aimed at residents and clinical leaders as well as more experienced surgeons in gynecology  and other surgical specialties. The CICE welcomes more than 1000 people from national and international backgrounds each year. As an EAGS and ESGE accredited center, CICE offers certification for the GESEA program, this program has been validated by major European learned societies (ESHRE, EBCOG, ENTOG, ESGE) and approved by North American companies (ACOG, AAGL). 


Sophie Tontic
Administrative and Financial Director CICE

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