AANA, VirtaMed collaborate to set new standards for arthroscopy training
The Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) and VirtaMed signed a two-year collaboration agreement making VirtaMed the exclusive partner for arthroscopic surgery virtual reality simulation training. The two organizations will work together to advance the training of arthroscopic surgery skills and standards for proficiency-based training curricula by leveraging the latest virtual-reality simulation technology and AANA’s expertise in Arthroscopic Surgery education.
The most immediate result of the contract is the Orthopedic Learning Center (OLC) in Rosemont, Illinois will be equipped with VirtaMed ArthroS™ simulators for knee, shoulder and hip arthroscopy training, as well as its Fundamentals of Arthroscopic Surgery Training (FAST) basic skills training.
AANA and VirtaMed will create new content for the simulator in all of its disciplines, as well as a learning curriculum that leverages competency-based simulation training and assessment. They will begin creating curriculums and proficiency exams shortly after they have collected data from course participants, faculty and more experienced members of AANA early this year.
VirtaMed simulators enable proficiency-based learning as well as skills assessment. “The combination of lifelike anatomic models, high-fidelity graphics and original tools adapted for simulation make the VirtaMed ArthroS™ the closest thing to real surgery,” says AANA CEO Laura Downes, (CAE Certified Association Executive). VirtaMed and AANA want to use these tools to create standards and best practices for arthroscopic training and assessment across the United States.
“Our goal is to improve patient care by advancing education in arthroscopy, and we want to ensure all arthroscopic surgeons have access to high-quality skills training and continuous education,” explains AANA Learning Center Committee Chair, Joseph C. Tauro, M.D. “Working with VirtaMed’s first-rate simulators, experienced developers and dedicated education specialists will help us reach that goal.”