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Titan Medical and Mimic Technologies Announce Collaboration and Successful Demonstration of First Simulation Modules

TORONTO and SEATTLE, March 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Titan Medical Inc. (“Titan” or the “Company”) (TSX:TMD) (OTCQB:TITXF), a medical device company focused on the design, development ...
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The Importance of Proficiency in Robotic Surgery and the Training Implications

Over the past few months we have talked frequently about the importance of acquiring proficiency in robotic surgery. Although this may have been evident to many, the term proficient has been based on the Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition. This model, developed in the 1980’s, focuses on how students acquire skills through formal instruction and…

The Impact of Residents (and Training) on Patients

Like any new technology, a lot of focus has been placed on ensuring that new users of robotic surgery are adequately trained. Simulation has had a large part to play with this. As the technology has become more mainstream, training requirements have moved from not only training existing surgeons but to ensuring that residents and…

The 7 Components of a Successful Robotic Simulation Training Program

Founded in 2001, Mimic Technologies has been providing robotic surgery simulation training for 15 years. Over the years, Mimic has been involved with one of the most successful surgical simulation launches of all time, with over 2,000 simulators using MSim software worldwide. We estimate that over 30,000 surgeons / residents use this simulation install base…

Better Teamwork Leads to Better Outcomes in the OR

Surgery has often been referred to as a team sport. The role of the surgeon is undoubtedly critical but so is the role of the entire team in ensuring patient safety and positive outcomes. This is especially true in robotic surgery where the main surgeon is no longer at the patient’s side but is seated…

Predictive Validity of Simulation Training for Robotic Surgery and Other Modalities

The big question that many doctors and hospitals continually ask themselves, “will this time I spend on a simulator actually end up having an impact on my patients?”, plays a big part in how training is structured. In terms of validation, correlating time spent on a simulator to improving patient outcomes is referred to as…

Why Surgical Skill Should Matter to Hospitals, Surgeons, and Patients

By: Christopher Simmonds One of the questions I have often pondered is why do patients choose certain procedures and certain surgeons. So I conducted some research which showed that there were three clear factors that influenced patient choice. The first was the surgeon they were initially referred to. In the majority of cases, patients will…

Things to Consider When Looking for a Robotic Surgery Simulator

There are many aspects to a training simulator that can be considered when making the initial investment in simulation training.  For robotic surgery, we believe the top factors to consider are: Validation studies conducted on and using the simulator Fidelity of the controllers Accessibility of the simulator Data, data, data! Since Mimic launched its first…

How Important is Simulation in Medical Training?

by: Christopher Simmonds, VP Business Development & Marketing, Mimic Technologies While Mimic has been actively focused on simulation for robotic surgery over the past 15 years, I thought it would be interesting to see how simulation was valued for medical training, in general. While trawling through the internet I came across a study published by…

Mimic’s Maestro AR Prostatectomy Training Curriculum

  The gold standard treatment option for men under 70 with early-stage, organ-confined cancer is surgical removal of the prostate using nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy. Since its introduction, surgical robotics has achieved widespread acceptance for performing radical prostatectomies in both the United States and Europe, and is increasing in adoption worldwide. In the U.S., robotic-assisted radical…

Variation in Surgical Volumes by Surgeons

A Case Study of the BAUS Audit on Prostatectomy       Recently, there has been ongoing debate around the impact of case volumes on surgical outcomes.  A previous blog post (The Cost Debate in Robotic Surgery and the Impact of Skills) discussed a 2013 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine by Dr.…