Simbionix selected to collaboratively develop a simulation-based endoscopic hands-on skills assessment system.

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2007 4:00 AM

After extensive review, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES) task force has selected Simbionix to collaboratively develop a simulation-based endoscopic hands-on skills assessment system.

After extensive review, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES) task force has selected Simbionix to collaboratively develop a simulation-based endoscopic hands-on skills assessment system.

One of the major challenges in training physicians to perform flexible endoscopy is the need for a standardized and efficient assessment tool to verify proficiency and identify deficiencies in a trainee's skills.

In response to this concern, SAGES formed a committee to design a Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES) Program.

To address the requirements of the program, both multimedia and simulation-based educational elements need to be included, followed by a high-stakes validated exam to assess both knowledge and hands-on proficiency.

Simbionix' sophisticated GI Mentor technology platform will be used to develop the hands-on endoscopic simulation component specified by the FES Program.

The hands-on component will feature skills training on the basic tasks needed for flexible endoscopy.

Gary Zamler, Simbionix' CEO, noted that "this is clearly evidence of Simbionix leading position in the medical education market; we see this as a landmark step in the maturing of the medical simulation market.

Simbionix appreciates the involvement of SAGES, a leading professional association, to advance the field of medical education through simulation-based programs for its membership.

Simbionix is committed to this exciting and innovative project."