New RCSA Certification Curriculum Uses ANGIO Mentor Simulators For Advanced Training

Margate, Florida;   RCSA™, in collaboration with Simbionix™, provides medical solutions for certification requirements.  Learners include cardiovascular medical specialists, vascular medical specialists, cardiovascular assistants, medical simulation educators and others.

The Registry of Cardiovascular Specialists and Assistants (RCSA™) is a public, non-profit company that developed a challenging certification curriculum for cardiovascular professionals.  Coursework incorporates a demanding training process that facilitates clinical and technical excellence in cognitive, procedural abilities and the development of critical, psycho-motor skills.

After completing their formal educational training, many medical professionals require additional specialized training to perform complex cardiovascular medical procedures.

Mr. Charles Williams, RCSA’s founder, said, “The cath lab is a fast-paced environment that requires attention to detail, quick assessment skills, and critical situational thought processes.   Unfortunately, it doesn’t provide the ideal learning environment.” As a result, medical professionals often question if they are making the right decisions for a patient.  RCSA was created to address this situation.

Colleges and universities throughout the United States now use simulators to ensure that their graduating students receive the best motor-skill experiences and advanced academic training.  RCSA will now utilize the Simbionix ANGIO Mentor simulator to provide senior cath lab specialists with needed skills and procedural knowledge.  This multidisciplinary surgical simulator provides a realistic hands-on practice of endovascular procedures typically performed under fluoroscopy in the cath lab, interventional suite or an OR.

The course was developed by the RCSA and is the first of its kind that defines cardiovascular simulation training and certification processes to which we will and must adhere. In addition to the basic program, the RCSA team completed the advanced requirements for accreditation as medical instructors and evaluators, as well as the Standards of Training and Practice of Certified Cardiovascular Medical Simulation Trainers (CTAE).

The continuing education accreditation process has been provided by the CaPCE, ASRT and the California Board of Registered Nurses, which are recognized by RCSA’s worldwide cardiovascular professional counterparts.  As a result, RCSA Simulation Certification Program attendees develop a professionally recognized skill set that is second-to-none in the field of cardiovascular medicine.

Contact:  Dr. Henry Pevsner, Chairman, Medical Director, CEO

Registered Cardiovascular Specialist Assistants (RCSA), 5667 NW 29th St., Margate, FL 33063 Telephone: 964-969-1315,   www.rcsaedu.com

American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) and Simbionix Collaborate to Promote Clinician Education and Patient Safety

Cleveland, OH:  Simbionix, a world leader in medical simulation, and the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), the leader in advanced simulation education, will collaborate to promote bronchoscopy education.  This partnership reinforces the goals of both organizations to improve patient safety and outcomes through advanced medical education.

This deeper commitment follows several years of Simbionix BRONCH Mentor™ use during ACCP’s professional and diversified educational delivery in its courses and workshops.  In these activities, the simulator is integrated with the full immersion of the instruction used to teach and train basic-to-advanced bronchoscopic procedures.

The goal of this partnership is to develop curricula for bronchoscopy instruction and hands-on training.  Additionally, the collective efforts are aligned to continue to enhance and grow through the use of the BRONCH Mentor simulators that will be located in the new ACCP Innovation and Simulation Center (to open in 2014).  This will allow all participants to obtain the valuable hands-on training that the BRONCH Mentor offers in this state-of-the-art facility.

“We couldn’t be more pleased about this collaboration with ACCP.  Simbionix has always worked with physicians and professional societies to provide the most advanced and current training tools available,” said Inbal Mazor, Vice President of Marketing for Simbionix.  “We are excited to join ACCP in an agreement that aligns two advocates for bronchoscopy education and reinforces the BRONCH Mentor’s training value to reach and demonstrate competence prior to operating on real patients.”

“We are making great strides to expand our commitment to bronchoscopy education, and simulation education, in general, and this partnership with Simbionix brings us closer to our goal,” said Darcy Marciniuk, MD, FCCP,ACCP President.

More about the ACCP Innovation and Simulation Center: http://beyondourwalls.chestnet.org

Simbionix Signs Agreement with the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery

Prague Convention Center, Czech Republic: Simbionix and the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES) have signed an agreement to collaborate on the development of training materials and assessment tools for a new Laparoscopic Skills Curriculum.

Since its founding in 1990, the EAES has played a leading role in the promotion and dissemination of endoscopic surgery and allied interventional techniques throughout Europe. Its programs include research, training, and publication of original articles, reviews, consensus conferences and guidelines. In recent years, the EAES has acknowledged the necessity of developing a curriculum and objective assessment tools for standardizing training in laparoscopic surgery. To address this need, the EAES has developed a multi-year plan to build a European Laparoscopic Skills Curriculum (LSS), which will comprise both didactic and skills development components, including eLearning and simulation-based assessment elements.

According to the agreement signed last week, the sophisticated LAP Mentor™ simulator from Simbionix will become the exclusive assessment tool for the new curriculum. Simbionix is also providing its new learning management system, MentorLearn™, which will provide a universal access point to data from the simulator, didactic, and assessment components.

Ran Bronstein, president of Simbionix, expressed excitement about the agreement: “As a leading provider of medical simulators and online medical education, Simbionix understands the importance of providing access to standardized training. This collaboration, by leveraging the clinical knowledge and experience of the EAES and the innovative technologies of Simbionix, will set a new standard for laparoscopic skills training in Europe.”

Professor Fingerhut, the new president of the EAES, adds that this agreement is a landmark in the cooperation between industry and professional societies. Together, they can address the need for modern teaching and assessment tools particular to the visual transmission of surgical techniques used in laparoscopic and endoscopic interventions. This agreement also highlights the prominent role played by the EAES, as the leading European laparoscopic and endoscopic professional society, in the field of education. The development of a training curriculum that can be easily adopted by every country and professional organization in the European Community looks forward to the time when the LSS curriculum becomes the standard for teaching and evaluating interventional skills, not only throughout the ECC, but also in any other countries working with the EAES.

About the EAES
The European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES) was founded in 1990 and since then has become a growing and dynamic organization that will continue to play a leading role in the future of Endoscopic Surgery and Allied Interventional Techniques.

Aside from organizing annual Top Level European Congresses in different European countries, EAES activities in the research, development, training and publication are effected through its various Committees: Educational (training), Research (multicentre studies and clinical trials), Technological (R&D in instrumentation, ancillary equipment, telerobotics and telecommunication), publication (publication of original articles, state of the art reviews, consensus conferences and soon an operative manual), Membership and Public Relations Committees. The Educational Committee runs EAES training Courses and also endorses training courses in member institutions and hospitals if these meet the criteria set up by the Committee

Simbionix Signs Agreement with the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery

20 June 2009, Prague Convention Center, Czech Republic. Simbionix and the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES) have signed an agreement to collaborate on the development of training materials and assessment tools for a new Laparoscopic Skills Curriculum.

20 June 2009, Prague Convention Center, Czech Republic.

Simbionix and the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES) have signed an agreement to collaborate on the development of training materials and assessment tools for a new Laparoscopic Skills Curriculum.

Since its founding in 1990, the EAES has played a leading role in the promotion and dissemination of endoscopic surgery and allied interventional techniques throughout Europe. Its programs include research, training, and publication of original articles, reviews, consensus conferences and guidelines. In recent years, the EAES has acknowledged the necessity of developing a curriculum and objective assessment tools for standardizing training in laparoscopic surgery. To address this need, the EAES has developed a multi-year plan to build a European Laparoscopic Skills Curriculum (LSS), which will comprise both didactic and skills development components, including eLearning and simulation-based assessment elements.

According to the agreement signed last week, the sophisticated LAP Mentor™ simulator from Simbionix will become the exclusive assessment tool for the new curriculum. Simbionix is also providing its new learning management system, MentorLearn™, which will provide a universal access point to data from the simulator, didactic, and assessment components.

Ran Bronstein, president of Simbionix, expressed excitement about the agreement: “As a leading provider of medical simulators and online medical education, Simbionix understands the importance of providing access to standardized training. This collaboration, by leveraging the clinical knowledge and experience of the EAES and the innovative technologies of Simbionix, will set a new standard for laparoscopic skills training in Europe.”

Professor Fingerhut, the new president of the EAES, adds that this agreement is a landmark in the cooperation between industry and professional societies. Together, they can address the need for modern teaching and assessment tools particular to the visual transmission of surgical techniques used in laparoscopic and endoscopic interventions. This agreement also highlights the prominent role played by the EAES, as the leading European laparoscopic and endoscopic professional society, in the field of education. The development of a training curriculum that can be easily adopted by every country and professional organization in the European Community looks forward to the time when the LSS curriculum becomes the standard for teaching and evaluating interventional skills, not only throughout the ECC, but also in any other countries working with the EAES.

About the EAES
The European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES) was founded in 1990 and since then has become a growing and dynamic organization that will continue to play a leading role in the future of Endoscopic Surgery and Allied Interventional Techniques.

Aside from organizing annual Top Level European Congresses in different European countries, EAES activities in the research, development, training and publication are effected through its various Committees: Educational (training), Research (multicentre studies and clinical trials), Technological (R&D in instrumentation, ancillary equipment, telerobotics and telecommunication), publication (publication of original articles, state of the art reviews, consensus conferences and soon an operative manual), Membership and Public Relations Committees. The Educational Committee runs EAES training Courses and also endorses training courses in member institutions and hospitals if these meet the criteria set up by the Committee.