Lab reopens with $2 million worth of simulation models, virtual reality simulators

Guests at the reopening of the remodeled Surgical Simulation Center in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery had an opportunity for a little “hands on” experience Feb. 11 as they experimented with some of the new simulators that will be used to teach basic surgical skills.

The Simbionix lap mentor II offers the opportunity to practice a laparoscopic cholecystectomy technique in the newly revamped simulation lab in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery.

The Simbionix lap mentor II offers the opportunity to practice a laparoscopic cholecystectomy technique in the newly revamped simulation lab in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery.

An impressive virtual environment, the Sim lab enables trainees to learn at their own pace and practice innovative and cutting-edge minimally invasive surgical techniques. The lab also offers continuing medical education to practicing surgeons as well as laboratory support for CME organizations and the biomedical industry.

Virtual reality simulators allow for our students and doctors to practice surgical procedures.

Virtual reality simulators allow our students and doctors to practice surgical procedures.

Baylor students, residents, fellows, and faculty members from several departments, including surgery, medicine, anesthesiology, and orthopedics will make use of the facilities.

Dr. Paul Klotman, president and CEO of Baylor College of Medicine, cut the ribbon that separated the two training rooms that have been revamped with $2 million worth of simulation models and virtual reality simulators. Department Chair Dr. Todd Rosengart pointed out that the space was no stranger to innovation. Portions of it are part of the former site of Dr. DeBakey’s experimental surgery laboratory.

Dr. Paul Klotman, president and CEO of Baylor College of Medicine, cuts the ribbon on the expanded simulation center.

Dr. Paul Klotman, president and CEO of Baylor College of Medicine, cuts the ribbon on the expanded simulation center with Department Chair Dr. Todd Rosengart.

For more information about the Baylor Simulation Center, contact Deborah Taylor, L.A.T., Cer.A.T., manager, at 713-798-4577, or send her an email at: dtaylor@bcm.edu.

Visit the center’s website to learn more.

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