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Denmark announces national standards requiring laparoscopic training for all OB/GYN residents
“Denmark’s new requirements are a defining sign that VR certification for laparoscopy is growing,” said Tomas Ragnarsson, CEO of Surgical Science. “It is just a matter of time before we see an increase in requiring certification on a laparoscopic training tool such as LapSim in other nations around the world. For the past several years we have been following the dedicated work at JMC Rigshospitalet, and are therefore not surprised but are glad to hear about this development and are excited to continue to contribute to the goal of increasing patient safety.”
For several years, VR training has been mandatory for first year resident gynecologists on a regional level in the Eastern part of Denmark. The regional programs’ ongoing positive results provided the impetus for the national VR training standards action. The simulation-training requirement has been based on the educational courses of LapSim, the world’s leading VR laparoscopic trainer from Surgical Science, including both the Basic Skills and Gynecology Modules.
”Surgical training is a challenge for patient safety,” said Bent Ottesen, Professor and Director of The Juliane Marie Centre for Children, Women and Reproduction at Rigshospitalet, the Copenhagen University Hospital. ”We really appreciate this development which requires resident training to not involve patients. Thanks to a successful collaboration between educational researchers, the physicians responsible for educational planning, and the management teams of the OB/GYN departments in Denmark, we can now require a specific level of laparoscopic competence before we allow surgical contact with live patients.”
For details of the new Danish OB/GYN guidelines and the four-step structured curriculum used, visit http://www.surgical-
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About Surgical Science:
Surgical Science, established in 1999, develops high quality tools for the Assessment, Training and Certification of medical professionals. Using Virtual Reality simulation technologies, users are able to build skills on Surgical Science simulators that demonstrate and transfer proficiency from virtual reality to the operating suites. Surgical Science’s world headquarters are in Gothenburg (Sweden) with the Americas headquarters in Minneapolis, MN and offices in Mexico City (Latin America) and Toronto (Canada). Visit http://www.surgical-