Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine turns to 3D Systems to update simulation center
The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (PCOM) clinical education and simulation center was facing a challenge in its goal of providing hands-on experience in the many stages of learning for its medical students, interns and residents – all of whom have different needs. It turned to 3D systems for help, and now, with an assortment of the company’s Simbionix medical training simulators, is well prepared for the complexity and wide range of medical skills it needs to help its users master.
1,100 students at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) participate in a range of advanced programs and degrees including Biomedical Sciences and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. The PCOM clinical education and simulation center supports these programs with a 600 square-foot emergency room bay, 19 standardized patient rooms, training and conference rooms for debriefing, realistic mannequins, and a range of new simulators.
3D Systems helped the center build the use of medical and surgical simulators including the ANGIO, LAP, RobotiX, GI BRONCH and ARTHRO Mentors into the curriculum from day one of a student’s education. The sim center offers extended hours on nights and weekends for students to practice hands-on skills acquisition when their schedules will allow. Since the Simbionix simulators are intuitive, students can now engage without supervision – giving them the freedom to learn and master skills in a safe environment with self-guided tasks and procedures, as well as benchmarks and scoring.
The Simbionix LAP Mentor simulator for laparoscopic surgical training AP Mentor simulator provides an array of hands-on laparoscopic training on basic tasks and suturing as well as procedural modules for multiple disciplines – including General Surgery, Gynecology, Urology, Colorectal, Bariatric and Thoracic. With its Virtual Reality headset, the training experience is more immersive and lets trainees experience the procedure in the virtual operating room.
The RobotiX Mentor prepares tomorrow’s surgeons with a curriculum that includes basic and fundamental tasks that help learners develop the needed skills for robotic surgery and procedural modules across the Gynecology, Urology, General and Thoracic Surgery disciplines. Since some modules are the same on the LAP Mentor and RobotiX Mentor, learners can try procedures on both and compare techniques.
The ARTHRO Mentor is training simulator for arthroscopic surgery skills acquisition that the company says “reduces training time and considerably improves the learning curve of the complex surgery techniques.” It features a line of simulated procedures, combining fiberglass / polyurethane anatomical models (shoulder, knee and hip) with 3D images and haptic sensation, that lets users learn key aspects of the procedures. Simulated procedures are performed utilizing the same tools as used in the OR including the arthroscopic camera, so trainees acquire a true-to-life hands-on experience.
The ARTHRO Mentor is used for arthroscopic surgical training with the knee mannequin the most popular with the students for learning.
The ANGIO Mentor endovascular simulator provides hands-on practice of endovascular procedures performed under fluoroscopy in the cath lab, interventional suite or an OR, in a complete virtual reality simulated environment. It offers learners a complete individual and team training solution of all levels across the Interventional Cardiology, Interventional Radiology, Vascular Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Electrophysiology, Interventional Neuroradiology, Neuro Surgery and Trauma disciplines.
The GI-BRONCH Mentor is the most recent addition at PCOM to support its GI endoscopy and flexible bronchoscopy training requirements. The BRONCH Mentor actually shares a platform with the GI Mentor – providing a solution for the flexible bronchoscopy training needs of pulmonary and critical care physicians, anesthesiologists and interventional pulmonologists.
“In this age of digital and video games, simulators are a natural way for students to learn,” said Brian Rudd, Simulation Program Administrator. “The Simbionix simulators help the learning curve with basics such as depth perception and becoming comfortable with the non-dominant hand, to the mastery of skills and procedures long before operating on patients.”