The vision of SIM is to create safer surgery for patients through innovations in simulation and technology. In order to move the majority of surgical training outside of the live operating room, SIM invented and developed two technologies that permit the acquisition of surgical skills through guided practice.
SIM specially designed high-fidelity, full procedural physical phantoms to provide a hands-on learning experience unparalleled on the market. While this necessary element provides the muscle memory and permits the development of delicate technical maneuvers, the physical phantom alone cannot deliver procedural knowledge and safe surgical skills.
The second technology that SIM developed to overcome this educational gap is a computer-based curriculum that is driven by the surgeon during a procedure. While this curricular element usually comes from the attending surgeon or senior staff, we realize that the time demands of surgeons and the numerous procedures to learn make this in-person teaching approach impractical, costly, and inefficient. Our automated step-by-step instruction solution not only informs the user how to perform the procedure, but also corrects errors during the simulation and reports performance metrics in a summary. The combination of physical phantoms integrated with automated curricular delivery will dramatically decrease unnecessary risk to the patient; this cutting-edge paradigm is the future of surgical education, an innovation that will broadly improve healthcare and biomedical education.