Integrating Simulations into Medical Training

How to Accelerate Training?

  • Train using highly realistic graphics and original instruments to ease the transfer of skills from the simulator to the OR1
  • Step-by-step instructions to help students develop basic arthroscopy skills before aiding them through increasingly complex therapeutic and diagnostic cases
  • Deliver an environment conducive to learning: simulators provide a risk-free experience where students can test boundaries and make mistakes

Learning Curve with Simulation Training2

Set Benchmarks to Help Students Achieve Their Goals

  • Give students extensive feedback after each procedure. VirtaMed simulators generate feedback reports which permit both educators and students to track progress and identify areas for improvement quickly.
  • Utilize the society-endorsed courses to help students reach benchmarks, or create world-class courses together with your expert team. Studies have established that peer-group-derived benchmarks are beneficial in terms of trainee motivation and performance.4
  • Easily ensure that your trainees attain standardized and predetermined and levels of proficiency before entering the operating room. Objectively assess trainees’ skills to set benchmarks and targets.3

How Does a Simulator Save You Time?

  • Trainees with frequent access to a simulator reach defined proficiency levels faster, meaning that they get into the OR quicker5
  • Simulation training is beneficial for decision making, psychomotor skills, and spatial judgments. Therefore, when trainees enter the OR they have mastered the basics already and can focus on learning more complex skills.7
  • Residents who trained on a simulator first take less time to complete procedures once they are in the OR - and make less errors.6

Simulation shortened the learning curve because they could learn all the basic skills here in the lab. I didn’t have to teach them in the theater, and it’s also safer for patients to be able to come and practice on the simulator before trying a new technique.”

Professor Rob Middleton, Head of the Orthopaedic Research Institute, Bournemouth University


  1. Lateef, F. “Simulation-based Learning: Just Like the Real Thing.” Journal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock. 3.4 (2010): 348; Sturm, L. P., J. A. Windsor, P. H. Cosman, P. Cregan, P. J. Hewett, and G. J. Maddern. “A Systematic Review of Skills Transfer After Surgical Simulation Training.” Annals of Surgery. 248, no. 2 (2008): 166-179.
  2. Yari, S., et al. “Efficacy of an Arthroscopic Virtual Based Simulator for Orthopedic Surgery Residents by Year in Training.” Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine (2018).
  3. Perone, J. A., et al. “Simulation Training in Surgical Education.” Current Surgery Reports, 5, no. 9 (2017): 19.
  4. von Websky, M. W., et al. “Access to a Simulator is Not Enough: the Benefits of Virtual Reality Training Based on Peer-Group-Derived Benchmarks—a Randomized Controlled Trial.” World Journal of Surgery. 37, no. 11 (2013): 2534-2541.
  5. Rahm, S., et al. “Efficacy of Standardized Training on a Virtual Reality Simulator to Advance Knee and Shoulder Arthroscopic Motor Skills.” BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 19, no. 1 (2018): 150.
  6. Ahlberg, G., et al. “Proficiency-based Virtual Reality Training Significantly Reduces the Error Rate for Residents During Their First 10 Laparoscopic Cholecystectomies.” The American Journal of Surgery. 193, no. 6 (2007): 797-804.
  7. Gallagher, A. G., et al. “Virtual Reality Simulation for the Operating Room: Proficiency-based Training as a Paradigm Shift in Surgical Skills Training.” Annals of Surgery. 241, no. 2 (2005): 364.

Getting Started with Curriculum Integration

About VirtaMed

VirtaMed is a Swiss company that develops & produces highly realistic surgical simulators for medical training. Surgeons use original instruments to train in a safe environment before performing surgeries on patients.


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