We were delighted to receive this film from Professor Pieter Hindryckx, our colleague at the University Hospital Ghent. His enthusiasm for using the TD Box for his Hot Axios stent and electrocautery training made our day!
Recently Medical Training Tools’s TD-Boxes and models played a central role in an introductory training session conducted by Dr. Stijn Heyman of the ETCA, Europe’s foremost training institute specializing in endoscopy in Antwerp. A group of surgical interns practiced basic skills in the morning and the afternoon session was devoted to therapeutic skills such as biopsies and clip placement. Four stations were used, three using porcine models. The fourth, the foreign-body-removal unit, used MTT’s silicone upper-GI model. For the convenience of a ‘no-hassle’ training, MTT provided all models used.
It was an enjoyable initial collaboration, hopefully the first of many!
Medical Training Tools is proud to announce their collaboration with a global player in the field of flexible endoscopy, MICRO-TECH Endoscopy.
We look forward to working together with this fast-growing and innovative company, especially since they share our passion for training.
Practice, practice, practice…
Training is not an isolated event, it’s a process. While the basics can be discussed and tasks practiced in a single scheduled training session, repetition is essential to truly master tasks.
Think of driving:
The initial stages are already complicated. You study the manual, pass a theory exam, drive with an instructor, and take the practical exam (possibly multiple times!) and then you win the prize: your driver’s license. Game over, right? Wrong.
- You really learn to drive by spending time behind the wheel. Depending on the availability of a vehicle and necessity to drive, this may happen months, if not years, after getting a license.
- Even as an experienced driver, changes in environment or equipment will result in an initial state of confusion as you renew your knowledge and skills. For instance, when driving on the opposite side of the road, with a manual transmission instead of an automatic, or even for the first time in many years. The chance of accident or significant error during this stage is high.
People tend to shrug off these last stages, but they are vitally important.
Does ‘one skill fit all’?
When it comes to skills using medical equipment, the general perception is that if you’ve learned the basics of one implement, mastering the use of anything similar is a piece of cake. Is that true? Think, for instance, of these elements:
- There several different learning styles, for instance: unfocused, reproduction-, meaning-, or application-oriented. We’ll address these learning styles more thoroughly in a future blog.
- Age and background play a role in the most effective learning style, what is efficient for the manual dexterity of a 20-year old video game fan, may be ineffective for someone with deeply engrained habits. Another approach to new skills acquisition may be needed for those with years of experience, sometimes overcoming deep-rooted practices.
- Similar to driving, to fully assimilate the necessary techniques, you must utilize the skills that you learn in training quickly and extensively.
In summary, isn’t it time to step back and reflect on your institution’s current training practices? Take a brutally honest look, examining whether they:
- address a variety learning styles.
- take scheduling and other logistic challenges into account: are your training practices convenient and flexible enough to provide training opportunities when time allows? If practice is unsuccessful at first, can members stop and, when revitalized, easily return to it at a later moment?
- allocate enough time to allow for the practice necessary for true skill’s acquisition.
Do your current training practices really allow for ‘practice, practice, practice,’ and ‘try, try again?’
Medical training tools’ TD Box takes pride of place in Ghent University Hospital’s endoscopy training program
Ghent University Hospital, one of the leading hospitals of Belgium, has recently become a customer of Medical training tools. The hospital emphasizes training of gastroenterologists and also in separate courses.
Professor Pieter Hindryckx was the driving force behind the purchase of the set. According to Prof. Dr. Hindryckx: “the TD-Box adds significant value for the training of interventional techniques.”
We’re pleased to share photos of the TIF training implemented as preparation for the Italian premier of the TIF 2.0 procedure with the Esophyx-Z+ at the Gemelli Polyclinic, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome. It took place on the 10th of December 2020 as an initiative of the department head, Professor Guido Costamagna, among others.
In the left photo Dr Pietro Familiari and Dr Landi Rosario are having a brief training using MTT’s the Upper GI model to prepare for the procedure. The middle photo illustrates how the device (Esophyx-Z+) mobilizes the esophagus and attaches a portion of the lower esophagus to the fundus.
The "live" (bottom right) photo shows the lower-esophagus fixation with >2cm inside the stomach, creating a new anti-reflux valve, as carried out by Prof Costamagna and Dr Familiari.
We are proud to have played a role in the implementation of this landmark procedure.
We wish all of you a healthy, safe, and joyous (if toned-down!) holiday season
Guido Costamagna is Professor of Surgery and Head of the Digestive Endoscopy Unit at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Policlinico Gemelli, Rome, Italy.
He is the Scientific Director of the European Endoscopy Training Center at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.