COVID-19 has caused unprecedented disruption to surgical training. In response, the Johnson & Johnson Institute collaborates with the surgeon education community to use simulation technology to deliver hands-on training at a social distance.
The program uses a portable digital simulator, developed as part of an exclusive agreement with SIMENDO (www.simendo.eu), to measure and improve skills used in laparoscopic surgery, such as hand-eye coordination and instrument handling. The simulator is connected to an online learning platform that delivers training exercises as part of a comprehensive course curriculum designed to build laparoscopic skills across multiple specialties. Educators can track and monitor learner's progress remotely, so there is no need for on-site supervision.
"One of the impacts of this pandemic is that it has encouraged us all to reexamine the status quo and challenged us to discover new and better ways of training and educating the surgical community," said Tim Mauri, Director of Technology & Innovation for the Johnson & Johnson Institute. "The potential to expand our work with SIMENDO is a great example of this."
Each "simulator in a box" is shipped to teaching hospitals in a compact transport case with hygiene guidelines for using the technology in a safe manner. The Johnson & Johnson Institute also provides a "train the trainer" remote session to help medical educators optimize the simulator's use to support their learning objectives.
More than 145 hospitals in Europe have used the program to train and certify 2500 surgical residents. The Johnson & Johnson Institute is exploring the potential to bring the program to the U.S. and other parts of the globe. There will be procedure-based curriculums that can be used to improve the skills of more advanced surgeon learners in the future to train on the safe and effective use of Company products.
Accessible and Affordable Learning
Long before COVID-19 made it necessary to rethink surgical education and training, the Johnson & Johnson Institute was focused on leveraging digital technology to improve surgeons' learning. SIMENDO is helping to revolutionize simulation by making it more accessible, effective, and affordable. Surgeons can practice skills and techniques anytime, anywhere, and ultimately transfer those learnings to the OR to improve patient care.
"We are honored to collaborate with the surgeon education community to deliver innovative, immersive learning during these challenging times," said Libi Beke, Project Lead for the Johnson & Johnson Institute "We look forward to leveraging the power of this technology and our partnerships to deliver professional education and training that advances patient care."
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