VirtaMed supports residency programs in implementing the ABOS mandate for arthroscopy surgical skills trainingDecember 03, 2013
The VirtaMed ArthroS™ simulator for knee and shoulder arthroscopy is developed with the requirements for surgical skills development in mind, and is optimally suited to support residency programs in the implementation of surgical skills training programs. The simulator provides:
Training with original surgical tools and all functionalities.
Trainees can get familiar with the angled arthroscope (0°, 30°, 70° lens available), the fluid management and the various instruments that are used during arthroscopy. The original surgical instruments available on the VirtaMed ArthroS™ include probe, grasper, punch and motorized shaver.
Self-directed training for the trainee without supervision
VirtaMed ArthroS™ allows for self-directed skills acquisition outside of the operating room. Guidance during the procedure is provided by an outside view of the module and instruments and by the SimProctor™, a helpful tool which shows the correct position of e.g. scope and light source during a diagnostic tour. A recent study has shown that self-directed training on VirtaMed ArthroS™ with the SimProctor™ leads to the same learning effect as the same amount of simulator training under expert guidance.
A standardized curriculum
VirtaMed ArthroS™ is developed to support a structured arthroscopic skills training curriculum and progress from simple basic skills to advanced proficiency. It allows for the creation of standard or custom designed courses, which allows residents to sequentially progress through defined learning steps such as motor skills or ambidextrous training.
Most realistic high fidelity simulation featuring various patients and complications
VirtaMed ArthroS™ optimally supports the trainee in acquiring motor skills that are transferrable by providing the most realistic high fidelity simulation and a large variety of different pathologies. The simulator also provides complication training, such as bleeding and bad view, in a safe environment.