In many cases, minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is a better option for patients. Yet, it still represents the minority of surgeries performed, as compared to open surgery. One of the reasons for this is that MIS techniques can be hard to learn without access to expert knowledge and hands-on training.
To address the challenge, the Johnson & Johnson Institute and ETHICON have developed strategic partnerships with leading medical institutions around the world to help deliver education and training, and just recently held a symposium at the University of California San Diego Center for the Future of Surgery. Nearly 100 surgeons and physician assistants attended the event, titled Advancement in Minimally Invasive Surgery: A Comprehensive Hands-On Symposium, representing Bariatric, Colorectal, Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary, and Cardiothoracic specialties. They came together to learn about how the latest MIS advancements can help them ultimately deliver greater patient care.
Cross-Specialty Educational Experience
At the symposium, participants learned the safe and effective use of energy, stapling, wound closure, biosurgery, microwave ablation, and other laparoscopic instrumentation. They also engaged in discussions with experts regarding patient selection, procedural indications, procedural contraindications, techniques, and management of potential complications.
Digital Learning Enhances Technical Skills
Technological advances are making it possible for medical training to reach physicians where they work and live, so the learning doesn’t have to end when they leave the course. Attendees had the opportunity to interact with digital learning tools that are available from the Johnson & Johnson Institute, including virtual reality training. They also got to learn about C-SATS, an online service for skills improvement via intraoperative video review.
“Ethicon has been a steadfast champion of surgical techniques and tools that advance patient care,” said Nefertiti Greene, President, U.S. Ethicon. “Through the Johnson & Johnson Institute, we are committed to delivering innovative professional education and training solutions that help surgeons gain expertise, improve outcomes, and help patients get back to their lives sooner.”