The UMKC School of Medicine’s Orthopaedic Surgery residency program operates within one of the most recognized universities for 'quality, research and community leadership' in the United States.
In a recently published piece (available in its entirety on the VirtaMed.com website, below), Program Director Dr. James Bogener explained how the incorporation of the VirtaMed ArthroS™ arthroscopic/virtual reality surgical simulator consistently saves the university valuable sums of money while enhancing the learning experience for its surgical residents.
According to Dr. Bogener, the ArthroS simulator is effective as a training tool because it can successfully prepare residents for real life procedures in a myriad of ways. For one, it helps students with triangulation as it teaches them how to push without causing damage. The simulator additionally gives residents essential confidence in their own abilities.
“The VirtaMed ArthroS™ (is) simply unmatched by anything else on the market,” said Dr. Bogener in summarizing the experience. “The VirtaMed ArthroS™ (is) as close to the actual operating room experience as possible.”
Not only are the virtual reality graphics the most realistic, but also the haptic feedback is the most lifelike.
The VirtaMed ArthroS™ utilizes actual physical structures as opposed to robotics.
This means trainees will learn to navigate around "bones" much in the same way they would in real life.
The UMKC simulation program currently uses one anatomical module four months at a time. Junior residents are expected to go through the module's entire proficiency-based curriculum in that same period. The simulator is used every day by residents ranging from first to fifth post-graduate year.
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