Why Surgical Education Should Involve a Medical Simulator - Top 10 Reasons

What can simulators from VirtaMed do for your surgical education program? Here are the ten most common benefits from hospitals and training centers that integrated their virtual reality into their curriculum:

1. Guided Training Saves Instruction and OR Time

The SimProctor is a special feature of VirtaMed simulators. Colored hints and outside views show trainees how to undertake a variety of tasks, including how to complete individual procedure steps and how to hold instruments. The SimProctor combines the best practices with clinical knowledge from key global opinion leaders into the simulation, and so reduces instruction time led by key personnel, plus valuable OR time.

2. One Unified Platform for Multiple Simulators and Medical Specialties

Multiple disciplines, simulators, and specializations can be trained on just one platform. For example, arthroscopy training for knee, shoulder, hip, and ankle (ArthroS) can be mounted on the same simulator as gynecology or urology training (GynoS™, UroS). The simulation platform is also expandable for other procedures in the future.

3. Original Instruments Ease Transfer of Skills to the OR

Adapted original instruments supply a complete simulation experience and familiarization with real surgical tools. Resectoscopes, graspers, morcellators, shavers, cameras, or punches can be utilized for operative and diagnostic procedures. Utilizing original instruments for training eases the transfer of skills to the operating room.

4. Complication Training in a Risk-free Environment

Complication training on the simulator prepares for challenges on the real patient without putting anyone at risk. The surgeon is confronted with the same complications as in the operating room and learns how to react to challenging pathologies or bad viewing conditions and intense bleeding.

5. Just Like the Real Thing: Photorealistic High-fidelity Simulation in HD

Highly realistic graphics, fluid behavior, and bleeding, combine to generate complete virtual patient cases. Anatomic models give the best tactile feedback available, since the models can be manipulated just as in real-life, responding to every touch.

6. Reduced Costs for Surgical Training

Simulators decrease your costs for disposable material during physician training, whether a physician needs 2, 20, or 200 procedures to reach proficiency, there are no extra costs involved. Additionally, equipment breakage costs can be significantly reduced.

7. Objective Performance Feedback with Helpful Metrics

Objective feedback is key for learning. The trainee receives a feedback report with target values after each completed procedure, including movements with the instruments, time taken, pathologies resected, landmarks visualized, and much more. At any time the trainee can also take screenshots, plus a movie of the procedure is saved together with the feedback report. This permits improvement tracking and debrief of procedures later on.

8. A Competitive Edge to Boost Your Reputation

Virtual reality simulators for surgical training enhance your image and give you a competitive advantage. Residents love to be provided with state-of-the-art technology for the best possible training. VirtaMed simulators are a great choice if you want to be at the forefront of innovative surgical training – they are the best virtual reality simulators available on the market.

9. Better Quality of Care and Patient Safety

Utilizing the best surgical education available increases patient safety and quality of care in general. Surgeons are a lot better prepared for their first time in the operating room, and have already learned how to react to complications. Before they perform on a live patient for the first time they will have a realistic understanding of the procedure. These first time cases go better, quicker, and smoother, which makes it a better patient and physician experience overall.

10. Fast Progress on the Learning Curve Through an Endless Variety of Pathologies

Virtual reality simulators provide an endless range of anatomies and pathologies based on MRI/CT data of real patients. VirtaMed simulators have been designed to cover 95% of the variability of cases in real life, which would take years of practice without simulation. Individual training courses can also be tailored including specific training for beginners through to experienced physicians.

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.


VirtaMed's vision is to improve the quality of medical care with state-of-the-art, virtual reality based medical training and education.


Our mission is to alter the way medical skills are taught.


As a company, we live innovation in a customer-oriented, agile, diverse and passionate work environment.

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Last updated: May 14, 2019 at 8:59 AM


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