Dr. John Zografakis shares his impressions of the Simbionix LAP Mentor and how it is used with residents. John Zografakis, MD, FACS is the medical director of the Bariatric Care Center at Summa Health System, the director of Summa’s Advanced Laparoscopic Surgical Services and an assistant professor of surgery at Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM). He is also the Program Director for the Surgical Fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery.

This video shares how Dr. Michael Ujiki, Director of the Simulation Lab at the NorthShore University HealthSystem in Chicago, IL, uses the GI-BRONCH Mentor and LAP Mentor in his program.

David Biffar, Director of Operations at the Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center at the University of Arizona, shares how this institution makes the most of their LAP Mentor.

Dr. Martina Vitz

EMEA ETHICON Professional Education

“We are very pleased to share with you more detailed information about this successful pilot program for young residents, which took place in Estonia. For a period of 6 weeks, 11 aspiring laparoscopic specialists underwent a special training curriculum on our new LAP mentor simulator. During the program they trained on laparoscopic basic skills (such as camera guidance, safe clipping, suturing techniques etc.) and full surgical procedures such as cholecysectomy and incisional hernia.”

Dr. Martina VitzLAP Center Zurich
Davide Lomanto

The Minimally Invasive Surgical Center, Singapore

“The LAP Mentor simulators are utilized during all workshops and training sessions involving laparoscopic surgery as an integral part.
The center and its users benefit from the LAP Mentor’s great efficacy, performance monitoring, safety and objective teaching and from validating courses.”

Davide LomantoMD, PhD, FAMS (Gen Surg), Director, MISC.
The Israel Center for Medical Simulation

“An innovative ‘Teamwork in the OR’ course intelligently utilized the LAP Mentor Express Participants train in a virtual operating room in a variety of quiet-calm and stressful scenarios.”
Yaron Munz, MD, Director of Surgical Simulation. Read more…

The Royal Free Medical Simulation Centre

“The simulators are an outstanding example of thoughtful design and recognition that the virtual reality experience needs to be integrated with ease of use and automated recording of trainees’ metrics which trainers can use to assess progress. The steady flow of new modules from 3D Systems constantly adds to the spectrum of users. In the face of continuous use, the simulators have proven to be robust and whenever technical help is required, the service has been outstanding.”
Prof Owen Epstein, Dr Pasquale Berlingieri, Mr Bimbi Fernando. Read more…

University of Nevada Surgical Simulation and Skills Lab

“The Lap Mentor II has been a huge success in our resident training program. Not only is it simple to use, the manageability of my trainees far exceeded my expectations. Lap Mentor has it all from basic hand eye coordination to anatomical aberrations that residents may never see in their career, let alone their residency. Lap Mentor has become a consistent teaching tool at our institution and we hope to further grow with Lap Mentor as it grows as well.”
Adnan Mohsin, Surgical Simulation and Skills Lab Coordinator,University of Nevada School of Medicine.