Virtual reality simulator keeps skills developing

Virtual reality simulator
November 8, 2018

The Gynaecology team at KEMH recently acquired a high fidelity LapSim virtual reality simulator, a piece of training equipment vital in developing technical skills which translate to the operating theatres.

With reduced exposure in training to surgical procedures in the field of gynaecology, simulation has become an important means by which trainees and fellows can improve their skills. 

The simulator has very generously been donated by the RANZCOG Jean Murray Jones fund. 

Whilst several centres in other states around Australia already have laparoscopic simulators which they have worked into their training curriculum, KEMH is only the second hospital in Australia to permanently acquire the machine.

Senior Registrar Jennifer Pontré said there was excellent evidence available suggesting surgical simulation was an effective means for gynecologists’ to work on their surgical skills.

“Reality surgical simulation can develop technical skills which translate to the operating room,” she said.

 “We are very excited to have our own simulator and we are in the process of planning various research projects to study its effect on trainees once it is in use.

 “Whilst it is not directly for women or patients to use, it will ultimately benefit them in terms of the level of care they will receive".