The simulator curriculum plays an important role in the success of skill centers and in resident learning. A number of publications have demonstrated the importance of structured VR training curriculum and suggest that training within a proficiency-based virtual reality curriculum may reduce errors during real surgical procedures.

3D Systems is very proud to work in collaboration with key leaders in medical education and surgery to provide our worldwide customers with well thought out curricula. Within these, the simulator serves as a tool for delivering a learning experience. The curricula are intended to enhance learner motivation for an enjoyable, effective and efficient way of acquiring new skills using simulators. The following LAP Mentor™ curricula are suitable for all surgical specialties involving laparoscopic procedures, with a special focus on general surgery, bariatric surgery, gynecology and patient safety for OR nurses:

General Surgery Training Curricula

This curricula aims to provide the participant with the essential simulation assignments needed to acquire the skills and core competencies for all levels of General Surgery training starting with the required task of Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Program (FLS) developed by SAGES.

The courses components include:

Imperial College Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Training Curriculum

Laparoscopic Training Center – Basic Course

Laparoscopic Surgical Skills (LSS) Curriculum – Grade 1 Level 1

SORTED (Surgery for Obesity – Registrar Training and Educational Development) Bariatric Course

Basic Laparoscopic Gynecology Skills and Procedures Course

Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Training Course for the Simbionix LAP Mentor

Patient Safety Course for OR Nurses

Suggested Implementation of the ACS/APDS Surgical Skills Curriculum for Residents, Phase 2: Advanced Procedures


OB/GYN Courses

The aim of these courses is to allow residents/fellows and medical students as well as attending physicians to acquire basic level skills in laparoscopic gynecology including hands-on simulation-based training of essential OB/GYN procedures, needed to acquire the skills and core competencies for OB/GYN PGY 1-4 training.

The courses are designed to follow the trainee in every training level:

The curricula series is provided via MentorLearn™, at no cost, to both online and offline customers, however using MentorLearn Online provides the advantage of allowing learners to access the didactic materials offsite:

  • Using duty hours more efficiently.
  • Reading objectives, instructions, watching videos, and reviewing performances can be done elsewhere – freeing up the simulator for other residents to use.

The ready-to-use curricula are provided as a structured method of training, and can serve as a template for program directors at other institutions, who can tailor the curriculum to the individual training needs.