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VirtaMed supports residency programs in implementing the ABOS mandate for arthroscopy surgical skills training

December 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.

«Each and every person interacting with the VirtaMed ArthroS™ says "Wow!! That’s cool, that’s really pretty much like looking into the real joint".

And, if you're trying to teach, if you can make it fun, give feedback, make it a challenge, it makes learners want to practice more!»

Dr. R. Burks, University of Utah

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.

«Our data clearly shows that training on the VirtaMed ArthroS™ simulator significantly improves the arthroscopy skills measured by the ASSET (Arthroscopic Surgical Skill Evaluation Tool), and no difference was found between learning under expert guidance and self-directed learning using SimProctor™ in the setting studied. This clearly shows that arthroscopic skills can be acquired outside the OR, and the use of ArthroS™ can relieve the institution from major supervision burden.»

Dr. S. Reppenhagen, University Hospital Würzburg, Germany

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.

«The ability of the simulator to show a large number of different pathologies, to identify them and to document them makes the VirtaMed ArthroS™ unique relative to training on conventional models but also to training in the operating room or on cadavers where this high number of variability is not present. This is really what makes the VirtaMed ArthroS™ a unique training tool.»

Dr. R. Burks, University of Utah

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.