Across the globe, the Johnson & Johnson Institute is taking collaborative action to increase access to surgical care through innovative education and training. In Recife, Brazil, a partnership with the Federal University of Pernambuco and Hospital das Clínicas de Pernambuco is using the latest virtual reality (VR) technology to provide training on surgical procedures in a way that would not be possible in the OR.
The Johnson & Johnson Institute Satellite Center in Recife is a surgical training facility for several highly-populated, underserved cities in the North and Northeast of Brazil. Most medical education is concentrated in the Southeast of the country, so when the center was established in 2014 it filled an important need.
Recently, the Johnson & Johnson Institute renewed the partnership and its commitment to increasing surgical capacity in Northeast Brazil. At a ceremony marking the milestone, new VR training modules for hip and knee surgeries were showcased.
“We are confident that VR technology can make a significant contribution to the expansion of medical training in the North and Northeast of Brazil,” said Fernanda Abi Jaudi, Strategic Education Capabilities Leader. “With the renewal of the partnership with the University, we can continue to fulfill our commitment to raise the standards of health care throughout the country, from vocational to expert training".