The world leader in medical simulation training, VirtaMed, is partnering with Memic Innovative Surgery Ltd. (Memic) to develop a new virtual reality simulator program focused on surgeon skills training for the Hominis® Surgical System.
Hominis is the first-ever FDA-authorized surgical robot, featuring miniature humanoid-shaped arms, shoulder, elbow, and wrist joints that simulate human-level dexterity and 360-degree articulation. The system is made for use in a single site, natural orifice laparoscopic-assisted transvaginal benign gynecological procedures, including benign hysterectomy. Memic expects the program to be ready for use by the end of 2022.
“Before entering the operating room, it is essential for surgeons performing any procedure including transvaginal robotic surgeries to be fully confident in their abilities. Training programs including simulation offer significant benefits in terms of progressing competency and confidence level and refining the necessary skills to perform a procedure,” said Michael Conditt, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Clinical Development at Memic.
“We are pleased to partner with VirtaMed, whose 15 years of experience in providing training solutions for minimally invasive transvaginal surgeries will be invaluable as we work to integrate proficiency-based simulation across the skills development pathway for surgeons using our Hominis System,” he added.
The two companies will jointly develop an abstract training program to enable surgeons to train on using the Hominis System. The objective is to create a standardized, quantifiable training setup that facilitates an efficient learning experience covering all aspects of real-world surgery.
The program will become a part of the Memic Skills Development Pathway, which offers surgeons customized, holistic and comprehensive training and education for developing technical skills needed to perform successful surgery with Hominis.
“The comprehensive Skills Development Pathway for Hominis is impressive and shows Memic’s significant commitment to professional education and represents our shared vision of offering off-site training and education for surgeons, in addition to real-world experience in the operating room, to improve surgical technique and patient outcomes. We are excited to apply our technological expertise for the first time to robotics and be able to offer Hominis users procedural simulation in gynecology and potentially beyond in the years ahead,” said Stefan Tuchschmid, Ph.D., Co-CEO and Founder at VirtaMed.
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