“Many thought leaders in the robotic surgery community have suggested that procedure-specific simulation training would be an incredibly useful new approach to promote skill development, especially for less experienced surgeons,” said Jeff Berkley, CEO.
Seattle, Washington (PRWEB) February 14, 2014
With the latest MSim™ software update to the dV-Trainer robotic surgery simulator, Mimic Technologies is providing customers and research partners with a preview of forthcoming augmented video simulation technology.
The new procedure-specific simulation training module for partial nephrectomy was developed in collaboration with Inderbir S. Gill, MD (Chairman and Professor of the Catherine and Joseph Aresty Department of Urology, Founding Executive Director of the USC Institute of Urology and Associate Dean for Clinical Innovation, Keck School of Medicine of USC) and Andrew J. Hung, MD (Clinical Fellow, Advanced Robotics and Laparoscopy, Keck School of Medicine of USC).
This new training technique will enable users to advance clinical decision-making skills as they use virtual robotic instruments to interact with anatomical regions within augmented 3D surgical video footage of a case performed by Dr. Gill. Trainees will learn to identify anatomy, anticipate tissue retractions, predict regions for dissection and refine surgical skills such as suturing. The interactive module includes audio narration from Dr. Gill to bring the user through the steps of the procedure.
“Many thought leaders in the robotic surgery community have suggested that procedure-specific simulation training would be an incredibly useful new approach to promote skill development, especially for less experienced surgeons,” said Jeff Berkley, CEO, Mimic Technologies Inc. “Through our collaboration with Drs. Gill and Hung, we could not be more delighted to now show our existing partners and customers how far we’ve come in making it a reality.”
The full partial nephrectomy procedure module is exclusively available from Mimic on the dV-Trainer, and available for purchase for May 2014 delivery.
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The dV-Trainer MSim platform update also marks the release of a full suite of simulation exercises developed in collaboration with the Robotic Training Network (RTN). RTN is devoted to standardizing the robotic surgical curriculum and education for residents/fellows-in-training.
With five new skill drills, the RTN simulation suite is now available through an exclusive license to RTN members and only available on the dV-Trainer. The RTN exercises are modeled after physical dry lab exercises used by RTN in an assessment program for their robotic surgical training curriculum.
The RTN simulation exercises are designed to help surgical residents and fellows to:
- Improve da Vinci Surgical System EndoWrist® dexterity
- Develop camera control skills
- Execute multiple precise object manipulations
- Further develop suturing and knot tying skills
- Improve dexterity and accuracy when driving a needle through an object at different angles
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As with other dV-Trainer exercises, the new RTN exercises allow users to objectively measure their performance with MScore. Standard on the dV-Trainer, MScore is the only true proficiency-based scoring system for robotic surgery simulation skills development. MScore assessment is built on data collected from more than 100 experienced surgeons who all have completed 75 or more robotic cases. Similar to the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) standard, MScore is based on expert mean and standard deviation data to facilitate credentialing and privileging.
The vision of the Robotic Training Network (RTN) is to standardize the robotic surgical curriculum and education for residents/fellows-in-training (OBGYN and SURGERY) through the development of a collaborative network. This network is led by a multidisciplinary team of surgeons who are also Fellows in the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecology (FACOG) representing nine founding members from leading academic institutions in the United States. For more information: http://www.robotictraining.org
Mimic Technologies Inc., founded in 2001 and based in Seattle, is a pioneer and leader in robotic surgery simulation and training. The dV-Trainer was the first simulator to recreate the look and feel of the da Vinci® Surgery System from Intuitive Surgical. For more information: http://www.mimicsimulation.com/
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