My Virtual Anastomosis

A continuous blended learning pathway for Anastomotic Skills

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MY VIRTUAL ANASTOMOSIS, is a digital portal that interactively connects scholars in training with expert faculty. The main goal is to help scholars develop their practical surgical skills, and to maximize the training effect through ongoing, personalized feedback provided by an expert surgeon-evaluator. Together with Ethicon's Anastomotic Skills labs and the Arroyo's Anastomotic Simulator, winner of the EACTS 2011 Ethicon CARDIOVACULAR SIMULATION AWARD, My Virtual Anastomosis delivers a comprehensive educational continuum for development of technical surgical skills in one of the key areas of cardiovascular surgery.

TARGET_AUDIENCE:

Any surgeon in training who will perform an anastomosis: cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, plastic surgery, gastro-intestinal surgery and gynaecological surgery.

GOALS_OBJECTIVES:
  • Help scholars develop their practical skills
  • Maximize the training effect through ongoing personalized quantitative and qualitative feedback
NON_GOALS_OBJECTIVES:
  • Physical and mental preparation of the surgeon
  • Identify the degree of stenosis of the host vessel
  • Make an appropriate indication for surgery
  • Have a correct attitude during surgery
  • Prepare and condition the patient for the surgical process
  • Identify, expose maybe stabilize vessels in the human heart
  • Harvest and prepare a graft

COURSE_STRUCTURE

Professional Online Training

My Virtual Anastomosis is a digital platform of distant technical learning that interactively connects surgeons in training with expert faculty.

Its main goal is to help scholars develop their practical surgical skills, and to maximize the training effect through ongoing, personalized feedback provided by an expert surgeon-evaluator.

Increase Self Confidence

Self-confidence is of great importance to successfully complete complex procedures. Its reporting helps your evaluator to understand your level of expertise and skill, but also to identify and address deficiencies or limitations.

Guided by Expert Professionals

The project proposes to the scholar an interactive learning continuum. Besides the formal OSATS scoring system, scholars have the possibility to receive written feedback from the evaluators and exchange encrypted messages with other scholars, the evaluators and the administration of this project. There is no previous experience with distant technical training in surgery, the feedback of the scholar will therefore be the driver to further improvements.

Low Fidelity Simulators

The training curriculum is tailored to give you the best possible training experience and follows a globally recognized scoring system. After repeatedly scoring the maximum possible scores in this formative curriculum, the scholar will further improve his technical skills under very strict supervision in higher fidelity environments and finally in patients.

Professional Training Material

The training material is produced by globally recognized trainers, experienced in the educational topic and in creating educational material. The curriculum follows strictly the science of learning and in addition the science of creating distant learning material. The curriculum contains professionally made photo and video material to enrich the training experience for the scholars.

Workshop & Event Information

These events provide classes and training sessions. In addition they will allow the scholar to meet on a one-to-one basis the evaluators, other scholars and the project administration, so that quality improvement circles can be closed.