- On November 16, 2017
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“Holding the laparoscopic camera is a task that every internship must perform during a surgical internship. Less exciting than assisting with a laparotomy, but a good opportunity to be actively involved in laparoscopic procedures. So when I walked into O.R. 7 and saw that the surgeons were testing a new laparoscopic camera instrument, I was slightly disappointed. Admittedly, the instrument was automatic, easy to use and provided a stable laparoscopic image. All in all a valuable innovation … for me it meant a passive day of looking instead of active learning.
‘Passive viewing’ is a state of being that every co-worker experiences in his or her career as a doctor.You cannot predict when you are forced to do so.Sometimes it’s up to the doctor you work with, sometimes the surgeons are trying new things, as happened to me.Sometimes you just don’t feel like it and it is secretly nice to be equally passive.Nevertheless, the internships where you are actively involved as much as possible are the most instructive.That’s why I always went looking for ways to practice my practical skills if I could not assist during surgery.In many hospitals there is a practice kit somewhere in a dusty room to learn things like stitching.You can train on a ruptured foam rubber cube, where the many punctures have now led to an unattachable moon landscape.Not very motivating.
Until I first came into contact with the ‘Simendo laparoscopic trainer’.A digital laparoscopic training device, fully equipped with different training programs of different levels.Now I could hold both the laparoscopic camera and learn to work with the laparoscopic instruments!Precision, dexterity, spatial insight and stitching techniques were all tested in the course.There was even a time limit for each course component to simulate the stress element.
I was sold.”