New Canine Synthetic Cadaver from SynDaver – Funding Campaign Launched

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TAMPA, Fla. – A Tampa biotechnology company unveiled their latest creation on Tuesday, a new skinless breed of dog, which will result in thousands of animals being saved as it is distributed. SynDaver Labs, the world’s leading manufacturer of synthetic humans, unveiled the SynDaver Synthetic Canine and launched a $24 million crowdfunding campaign. The campaign will begin to end a process known as terminal surgery labs. The product will immediately end the need for terminal surgery labs in veterinary medical schools and represents the beginning of the end of animal testing in general. The SynDaver Synthetic Canine is not only a skinless dog, but rather an extremely detailed and realistic surgical trainer.

It will provide veterinary students with an anatomically accurate and realistic platform to practice surgical procedures. Similar to the SynDaver Synthetic Human, the canine utilizes SynDaver’s patented SynTissue, which mimics living tissue, includes a full list of functioning bodily systems, and has the capability to simulate customized diseases, illnesses and medical complications. The synthetic dog even has a heart with a heartbeat, a circulatory system, and bleeds when surgical cuts are made. In addition to launching the SynDaver Synthetic Canine, the company also announced the launch of one of the most ambitious crowdfunding campaigns in history.

SynDaver hopes to raise $24 million through their campaign page on If the company is successful with the campaign, SynDaver will provide up to 20 synthetic canines to each accredited veterinary college around the world, completely free of charge. By providing each veterinary college with a full complement of their new synthetic canines at no cost, SynDaver will effectively eliminate the practice of terminal surgery labs. In veterinary medicine, terminal surgery labs involve teaching students how to perform certain surgeries on live, anesthetized shelter animals, and then euthanizing the animal immediately following the procedure. The SynDaver Synthetic Canine will also eliminate the need for canine cadavers, which are also typically euthanized animals from shelters.

While these kinds of labs are not as widely used as they once were, many veterinary colleges across the U.S. and around the globe still rely on terminal procedures to educate students. “If we launched this product organically, it might take us a decade to put canine cadavers into every veterinary college and many more animals would die needlessly as a result,” said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, chief technology officer and founder of SynDaver Labs. “With the help of the crowdfunding campaign, we can do this practically overnight, and start to put an end to terminal labs for good.” According to experts, this technology will save thousands of lives and revolutionize veterinary medicine education. The SynDaver Synthetic Canine is similar to their human products.

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The canine models are anatomically accurate, with fat, fascia planes, all bones, muscles, ligaments, fully articulating joints, and each of the bodily systems. The product has been acclaimed by experts in the veterinary industry and has even garnered the support of Dr. Michael Blackwell, the chief veterinary officer of the Humane Society of the United States. “A significant number of students do not care to be involved in terminal surgery procedures or the use of live animals when there is an alternative,” said Blackwell. “I am so happy to have this change because that is where we need to be today.” SynDaver has been working closely with the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine throughout the development of the SynDaver Synthetic Canine to create the most lifelike and realistic synthetic canine possible.

If SynDaver exceeds their $24 million crowdfunding goal, the company plans to begin working on the SynDaver Synthetic Feline next. There are also plans to develop synthetic horses and cows. To learn more about ending terminal surgery labs, visit About SynDaver Labs SynDaver Labs manufactures synthetic humans for training in schools, hospitals and military installations. SynDaver has the world’s largest database of live-tissue properties and all SynDaver tissues are made from water, salts, and fibers. The company currently has 10 patents on these materials, processes, and related products. SynDaver Labs is headquartered in Tampa, Florida and employs nearly 100 people. The company also has an advanced research facility located in Phoenix, Arizona and is planning additional facilities in the U.S., China, Europe, and Latin America.

Learn more at the Syndaver Labs website today!

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Program-Ace Provides Simulation Software Development Services for Multiple Industries

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Today we learn about Program-Ace, a Ukrainian based simulation development company which provides software development services for a variety of simulation based industries.

About Program-Ace

Program-Ace is an R&D and innovation-oriented software development company with 24 years of successful track record and vigorous growth at IT market. We can become your sole technology vendor thanks to the full-scope of IT services we provide: from pre-project research and consulting to post-project maintenance and support. We have achieved success in different spheres and currently have 4 key areas of activity which help us vanquishing top positions at world market:

  • 3D Solutions
  • Complex and non-standard web systems
  • Advanced high-interactive desktop or client-server software solutions
  • Mobile application development

Emergency Evacuation Simulator

Emergency Evacuation Simulator is an interactive 3D client-server multiuser application with high degree of realism that simulates different emergency situations requiring urgent evacuation. Main purpose of this application is to perform evacuation training among employees who work in large buildings with complex floor plan and evacuation routes.

Target Audiences for this application include:

Administration and employees of large office buildings, airports, railway and subway stations, shopping centers, plants and factories, research institutes and scientific laboratories; also governmental and non–governmental organizations responsible for fire safety. Application teaches people to act quickly and rationally in case of emergency situation, namely:

  • Find the shortest way out of the building based on brief review of floor-plan
  • Navigate in the conditions of low visibility (due to smoke concentration)
  • Use different objects that may help exit the building or protect life and health

Oil Platform Simulator

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Oil Platform Simulator (OPS, product codename) developed by Program-Ace belongs to such type of interactive 3D solutions, which are always created in partnership between industrial experts and IT specialists. Speaking of oil and gas industry, it is important to mention, that OPS addresses such vital requirements of the branch as the increased demand for skills training and improvement among constantly changing teams, highest planning and management standards, serious risks for human health and safety – and, of course, technological complexity of the equipment.

Glock 19 Virtual Trainer

A complex virtual training application was created that implements all the required business logic, both for the Glock 19 pistol training and for the requirements of virtual training at large. SDK for fast and efficient authoring of any kind of virtual training application was developed.

Technical Achievements

  1. We developed a full-featured 3D Application that uses the power of video hardware acceleration, based on DirectX9 with shader model SM3.
  2. An application that has native resolution of 1680×1050 and works correctly on any other resolution/aspect ratio including Full HD. Full-screen and window modes are both supported.
  3. Our highly optimized real-time 3D engine allows rendering of Glock 19 model with ~800000 semi-transparent triangles per frame.
  4. Advanced skeleton-based animation system, that we developed, allows real-time visualization of common tasks with the Glock19 including assembly/disassembly, firing, cleaning etc.
  5. The application presents full-featured GUI subsystem with common controls like buttons, static panels, text boxes, edit controls, as well as advanced controls like Tree-View, property tables, playback controls, and popup-windows with video rendering.
  6. We released a convenient way to manipulate the 3D model of a pistol in free-play mode with a mouse.
  7. Our localization system allows instructors to change the language of the virtual trainer by simply replacing a single XML file.

 Learn more on the Program-Ace website today!

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SIMnext Appoints Gary Durack as CEO, Starts New Partnership With TEKMILL


Official press release today from SimGHOSTS 2016 USA and UK sponsors SIMnext regarding a new partnership between the company and TEKMILL.

“Medical simulation product architect introduces the president & founder of The TEKMILL, Inc. as its new Chief Executive Office as part of a strategic partnership

PEORIA, Ill., May 25, 2016 SIMnext, a medical simulation research and development company based in Peoria, Ill., has announced that Gary Durack, the founder and president of The TEKMILL, a design & fabrication company based in Champaign, Ill., has assumed the role of SIMnext’s Chief Executive Officer effective immediately.

Mr. Durack is a biomedical engineer, inventor, and successful technology entrepreneur. He began his career in 1979 at the Coulter Corporation, a world leader in IVD instrumentation. Until 2013, he served as CEO and CSO for iCyt Visionary Bioscience, a biomedical design engineering and product company which he founded in 1995. In 2009, iCyt was acquired by the Sony Corporation and renamed Sony Biotechnology. Mr. Durack is an angel investor in technology startup companies and serves as a Business Mentor with the Chicago Innovation Mentor program.

Mr. Durack is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and served several years as a Technical Counselor for the International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry, which presented him with their Distinguished Service Award in 2014. In 2015, he received the Carleton and Sigrid Stewart Award from the Great Lakes International Image and Flow Cytometry Association.

Over his 36-year career Mr. Durack has edited a book, written multiple book chapters, and authored several peer-reviewed publications in the field of cytometry. He has 29 issued US patents and more than a dozen pending patent applications. He attended Purdue University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Mr. Durack has recently served as adjunct bioengineering faculty at the University of Illinois and taught classes in entrepreneurship for the Technology Entrepreneur Center in the School of Engineering at the University of Illinois.

“The addition of Gary to our team is a significant step in the growth of our company,” said John Vozenilek, MD, FACEP, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Simulation for SIMnext. “He brings a proven expertise that enhances our core ability to work with clinicians and institutions around the world to create portable simulation and training solutions. He has a deep knowledge of innovation process management, as well as lean manufacturing and product distribution methodologies. With him driving the vision for our team, we are poised to accelerate and expand the role SIMnext plays in the healthcare simulation industry.”

SIMnext is undergoing a period of rapid growth fueled by the global launch of multiple products worldwide, as well as increased awareness for the value simulation training is bringing to the global healthcare industry. As the demand for SIMnext products and services continues to grow, Mr. Durack will add deep commercial, strategic, and operational experience to the executive management team. As part of the strategic alignment, TEKMILL will provide additional product engineering bandwidth, leveraging its product development, manufacturing, and distribution capabilities, accelerating the introduction of several new simulation products.

“I am very excited to join the SIMnext team. The opportunity to help drive the strategic vision for this truly unique business model is a distinct honor,” said Mr. Durack. “Our focus is on further establishing SIMnext as the industry leader in portable simulation training solutions while expanding our network of clinical, engineering, manufacturing, sales, and distribution partners. Because the clinical hub of OSF HealthCare, one of our members, is headquartered in Peoria, SIMnext is ideally positioned to leverage resources from Peoria, Champaign, and Chicago. From this fast-growing ‘Healthcare Innovation Triangle’ SIMnext will deliver simulation and education products and services to hospitals, academic institutions, and simulation centers around the world.”

SIMnext’s corporate offices are based in Peoria with the core of its product development and manufacturing capabilities located in Champaign near the campus of the University of Illinois. The company also holds a chair as a member of the MATTER healthcare incubator  in Chicago.

The TEKMILL provides product design, fabrication, and small scale manufacturing services from its facility located in the Research Park at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. The company was founded by Peter B. Fox, a successful entrepreneur and real estate developer, and Gary Durack, now CEO of SIMnext.

As the medical simulation training industry continues to grow, the demand for realistic, accessible product solutions is growing with it. SIMnext is working directly with clinicians and guided by real-time patient data to provide the bridge between learning environments and real-life clinical experience.

SIMnext is built on a culture of open, agile exploration with partners that enable our team of engineering, medical, and business experts to aggressively pursue answers to complex healthcare simulation and training problems. Through this model we are able to offer our partners and clients fully tested, nuanced products that are the key to developing expertise. It is our continuing goal to relentlessly pursue, discover, and implement leading-edge technologies and designs that will actively affect how training and simulation are used to improve patient outcomes and add to the overall wellness of the healthcare industry.”

For more information visit SIMnext and the TEKMILL’s websites!

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WBUR News: In Simulation Era, Your Doc’s First Try At A Procedure Should Not Be On You

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WBUR recently covered the progress and challenges of medical simulation with an interview with SSH Board of Directors members Dr. Charles “Chuck” Pozner:

Most doctors never forget the paralyzing terror of their first invasive procedure.

Dr. Charles Pozner, of Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, recalls the first time he placed a central line, which involves sticking an eight-inch-long needle into a patient’s jugular vein to place an intravenous line. He had never even seen it done before, but a chief resident offered him the opportunity after a long day working together.

“When I was a medical student, the last thing you wanted to say when someone offered a procedure to you was ‘no.’ You wanted to learn, to be part of the team,” Pozner told me. The chief resident walked him through it without mishap, but “it was an unsafe thing for the patient, and an unsafe thing for me, because I was potentially harming the patient,” he said.

Twenty years later, in 2013, I went through a similar process. I watched a colleague place a central line during my first week as an intern. A couple of days later, I placed my first one, as my senior resident supervised. Thankfully, everything went fine. But that doesn’t mean I’m comfortable with the idea of wielding eight-inch-long needles after only watching someone do a procedure once.

“See one, do one, teach one” is the ancient medical adage for this: that after doctors in training have seen one procedure or operation, they’re qualified to do the next one. It has been the model for teaching physicians for generations.

But in the age of robotic surgery and simulation medicine, is this concept really acceptable anymore? The short answer is no. Clearly, doctors in training should practice on computers and simulated patients, not real ones. Particularly when, according to a study out this week, medical errors are the No. 3 cause of death nationwide.

The longer answer is more complicated. No one openly defends the concept in medical journals — in fact, experts talk about “see one, practice many, do one.” But the “see one, do one, teach one” culture still persists in hospitals around the country, and it remains routine for physicians in training to practice their first procedure on real patients. (As a patient, what can you do about it? See the tips below.)

“Would you fly on an airplane if they say, ‘We’ll drop the price of our tickets but our pilots will opt out of flight simulation?’” – Dr. Antonio Gargiulo

But that is changing, as more hospitals and medical schools invest in high-tech simulation centers like the $12 million center unveiled by Boston Children’s Hospital this week. Dr. Pozner, who is medical director of the Brigham’s STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation, says that in time, medical simulation will mean the death of “see one, do one, teach one.”

The Pilot Analogy

Consider pilots. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who remarkably landed his plane on the Hudson River, is often mentioned in the medical literature on simulation, as are his hundreds of hours practicing simulated emergencies. If Dr. Atul Gawande famously brought the pilot’s checklist to surgery, simulation proponents think more pilot-style simulation should be brought to medicine. “It’s called procedural memory,” Dr. Pozner said.

And studies show that simulation works in medicine. One small study trained doctors in robotic surgery, showing that they could reach expert level proficiency by the time they operated on their first real patient. “The main advantage of this tool is you can get technically perfect before you even touch a patient,” said Dr. Antonio Gargiulo, medical director of the Center for Robotic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Read the full Common Health article on WBUR’s website!

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Deadline Soon: SimGHOSTS Sim Tech Training Events in USA, UK & Australia Ends June 15th!

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There’s less than 30 days to secure your early-bird rate to SimGHOSTS Healthcare Simulation Technology Hands-on Training events taking place in Melbourne, London, and Peoria!

These 2016 SimGHOSTS events will provide a meeting place for you to exchange ideas and network with technical peers as well as receive specialized training in manikin hardware repair and software programming, audiovisual equipment debugging, IT infrastructures, moulage makeup, team communication and leadership techniques, medical physiology and much more. You will also have opportunities to meet with simulation-based vendors to engage with the latest in healthcare education technology.

Hear from previous attendees why SimGHOSTS is the premiere simulation technology training event for your organization:

Download the 2016 Justification document here to help you explain to administrators the great reasons to attend!

Australian Catholic University
Platinum Sponsored by Laerdal Medical
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Melbourne, Victoria
Pre-Symposium: July 5th, 2016
Symposium: July 6th-8th, 2016

United Kingdom
Co-hosted by ASPiH
St. Georges Simulation & Clinical Skills Centre (GAPS)
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London, England
Pre-Symposium: July 18th, 2016
Symposium: July 19th-20th, 2016

United States
Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center
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Peoria, Illinois
Pre-Symposium: August 2nd, 2016
Symposium: August 3rd-5th, 2016

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Middle East & Africa
Supported by Simulead
Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center
Dubai, UAE
Pre-Symposium: November 13th, 2016
Symposium: November 14th-15th, 2016

Who Should Attend SimGHOSTS Events?

Anyone responsible for the technical operation of a medical simulation lab including full-time or part-time Sim Techs, or clinical educators tasked with operating the day-to-day of simulation spaces. As well, anyone evaluating medical-simulation based technology should strongly consider attending as most major industry vendors are encouraged to attend.

Other meetings are better suited for clinical educators specifically looking to learn how to teach with medical simulation.

*New Thought for 2016* Administrators of simulation programs should also consider sending their institution’s AV and IT related staff members who are responsible for supporting the simulation program. In our most recent events, staff from AV and IT departments outside of the healthcare simulation program found immense benefit from participating in SimGHOSTS to better understand the needs of their institution’s simulation program!

SimGHOSTS events provide hands-on training workshops, special pre-symposium courses and podium presentations in:

  • Manikin Programming & Hardware Repair
  • A/V System Design, Integration and Consolidation
  • IT Networking & Debugging
  • Trauma & Suturing Moulage Makeup
  • Video Production & Editing Techniques
  • Team Communication & Leadership
  • Medical Pharmacology for Scenarios
  • Career Development & Staff Management
  • Much much more!

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TEDx Talk: Simulation Necessary To Prepare for Birthing Emergencies

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Is it ever okay for an inexperienced doctor to “practice” on you during a life-threatening emergency? Colonel Shad Deering is a high risk pregnancy doctor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Uniformed Services University. He has delivered babies in 10 different states and a combat zone, been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, and created an obstetric emergency simulation program now in place throughout the world that focuses on saving mothers and babies. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Learn more about Colonel Deering and his program
at the Uniformed Services University

Faulkner State Community College Provides Simulation to 500 High School Students — Demonstrating the Dangers of Texting While Driving

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An awesome healthcare simulation performance for the community, shared byCAE Healthcare. Faulkner State Community College Department of Nursing demonstrate to over 500 High School and College Students the dangers of texting while driving. Share this with friends and loved ones, and think about ways your simulation program can benefit your community!

In a dark auditorium packed with more than 1,000 high school and college students, all eyes are transfixed on an emergency room reenactment. A medical team works to resuscitate a 17-year-old who was texting while driving and has suffered multiple injuries. As the teen’s sister stands by his side and the mother wails for her son, the emergency room nurse delivers devastating news. In the final scene, the team zips the teenager into a body bag and wheels him away.

Faulkner State Community College launched its patient simulation program one year ago through its Fairhope Campus Nursing Program. In addition to teaching nursing students how to respond to traumatic auto injuries, the faculty is using simulation to try to prevent them.

The scenario was conceived by two of the college’s adjunct faculty: ER Nurse Carman Godfrey and Flight Nurse Valarie Rumbley.  “Both of them see traumatic events on a regular basis, and they had seen numerous texting while driving injuries,” said Allen-Thomas.  “It was their vision, and they had a really strong conviction about it.” The vision of FSCC is to encourage others to use simulation to reach their communities regarding the hazards of texting and driving. “Every day, I get 15 to 20 emails that say ‘thank you so much,’” Allen-Thomas says. “I know we’ve saved a life along the way.”

Have a Great Weekend Sim Champs!’s IMSH 2016 Exhibit Hall Video Interview Recap

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Over the past few months has released numerous video interviews taken at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare’s 2016 San Diego based meeting. Did you miss any? Below is a recap of all the posted videos posted so you can learn more about the latest medical simulation product news:

By watching these videos you will have a better perspective about the latest medical simulation products and services!

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Uchida Yoko Global Limited PF-Note Provides Healthcare Simulation Recording Platform – IMSH 2016 Video Interview

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At IMSH 2016 was able to secure a video interview with the team from Japanese based company Uchida Yoko to learn more about their PF-Note audiovisual recording and debriefing system. Interesting here is the built in capability of directly connected student clickers. Watch the exclusive short video interview below to learn more:

From the Uchida Yoko PF-Note Brochure:

Entire even can be conveniently recorded in high definition with ease.

  • Audiovisual data such as computer screen, blackboard, or presentation equipment saved as a video file in real time.
  • Recording started by simply pressing a button. Screen layout can be also be easily switched.
  • Contents don’t require editing after recording so they can be used right then and there.

Student reaction can be recorded at any time using a wireless clicker.

  • Reactions that offer clues as to whether or not contents of classes are understood well or not can be recorded in real time.
  • Student reaction can be obtained during or after class in the form of a questionnaire.
  • Roll call can be accomplished by clicker using the roll call support function.

Separate review of important part of the class

  • Because you can record student reaction together with the class, you can see what students don’t understand or what they are interested in while viewing the class scene.
  • Instructors can confirm what what was effective and what needs to be improved from the student reactions.
  • The data generated when the instructor or TA presses the clicker can be recorded as a thumbnail. If the instructor records important point during the class, the students can use them for subsequent review.

You can learn more about this system from the
Uchida Yoko PF-Note Brochure

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Mimic Technologies Xperience Robotic Surgery Simulator Team Trainer – IMSH 2016 Video Interview

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At IMSH 2016 HealthySim interviewed Glenn Carstater Vice President of Domestic Sales at Mimic Technologies to learn more about their innovative Xperience Robotic Simulation Training System. Watch the video below to learn more and see the system in action:

About Mimic Technologies

Mimic Technologies, founded in 2001, is a pioneer and leader in robotic surgery simulation and training. Our mission is to set the standard for simulation and training in medical robotics through visionary leadership, superior software, market leading hardware, and hands-on simulation training. With leading institutions, Mimic is developing next-generation learning tools and curricula to advance robotic surgery training and promote patient safety.

In 2007, Mimic unveiled the dV-Trainer, the first simulator to recreate the look and feel of the da Vinci Surgery System. In 2011, the da Vinci Skills Simulatorwas introduced, a virtual reality simulator for the da Vinci Si System jointly developed by Mimic and Intuitive Surgical.

About the Xperience Team Trainer

Bringing robotic surgery simulation and training to the first assistant. In the OR, cohesion between the console-side surgeon and first assistant is crucial. The best surgical teams anticipate one another’s movements. Routine tasks are executed crisply and efficiently.

Xperience Team Trainer enables the robotic surgeon and first assistant to use simulation training when and where it’s most beneficial—outside of the OR.

How can the Xperience Team Trainer strengthen your robotics program?

  • Basic skills exercises develop the first assistant’s psychomotor skills and facilitate rehearsal of interaction with the console side surgeon
  • Virtual training for real-life situations in the OR help promote patient safety and mitigate risk for the institution
  • Team training allows for development of OR communication protocol in a safe simulation environment

MScore Skills Assessment:

The system also includes the opportunity to learn through the MScore proficiency-based skills assessment platform:

Objective skills assessment is critical in robotic surgery training. To measure a trainee’s level of proficiency, the dV-Trainer uses the comprehensive metrics and experienced surgeon data of Mimic’s MScore. It allows administrators to track performance and learning progress over time, personalize user accounts, create and share customized simulation curricula, manage courses, and export data for in-depth analysis.

Featuring data collected from more than 100 experienced surgeons with over 75 robotic cases completed, MScore assessment is based on expert mean and standard deviation data (similar to the FLS protocol) to facilitate credentialing and privileging. Users can choose between the new Proficiency Based System and the legacy Classic System; change proficiency baselines; and customize the scoring protocol to fit the needs of their institution.

Learn more about the Xperience Team Trainer on Mimic’s Website!