Virtual Reality Simulation

Advances in healthcare technology have created new advantages and opportunities for surgical simulations.  The Virtual Simulation and Surgical Training Center has available three instrumental simulators that help learners practice technical surgical skills and related activities in a  low-risk simulated environment that is as close to real-life as possible without impacting patient care or a patients health. 

Simbionix's GI-Bronch Mentor Virtual Reality Simulator is a simulator is used in endoscopy and bronchoscopy skills training. Learners are able to practice lower and upper gastrointestinal flexible endoscopy and bronchoscopy. Using virtual reality patients, the simulator gives haptic and audio feedback.

Immersion Medical's LaparoscopyVR Virtual Reality Simulator allows learners to practice a variety of laparoscopic techniques including cutting, knot-tying, clipping, and camera navigation. Learners can also practice surgical procedures such as cholecystectomies, hysterectomies, or oophorectomies.

Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci Surgical Skills Simulator provides a controlled re-creation of critical steps in surgical instrument control. The da Vinci Simulator allows surgeons to practice their skills in a non-clinical environment and provide more learning opportunities for residents. The qualitative measured platforms are designed to allow even the most highly skilled surgeons to see how they have done on a given exercise and to track progress over time.