Modular training in vascular and endovascular surgery exemplified by the Vascular International Foundation and School

Klemm, K.; Schmidli, Jürg; Assadian, A.; Widmer, Matthias Kurt; Meile, T.; Kiser, H.; Eckstein, H.-H. (2014). Modular training in vascular and endovascular surgery exemplified by the Vascular International Foundation and School. Gefässchirurgie, 19(1), pp. 30-37. Springer 10.1007/s00772-013-1291-9

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The partial shift from patient to model is a reasonable and necessary paradigm shift in surgery in order to increase patient safety and to adapt to the reduced training time periods in hospitals and increased quality demands. Since 1991 the Vascular International Foundation and School has carried out many training courses with more than 2,500 participants. The modular build training system allows to teach many open vascular and endovascular surgical techniques on lifelike models with a pulsatile circulation. The simulation courses cannot replace training in operating rooms but are suitable for supporting the cognitive and associative stages for achieving motor skills. Scientific evaluation of the courses has continually shown that the training principle established since 1991 can lead to significant learning success. They are extremely useful not only for beginners but also for experienced vascular surgeons. They can help to shorten the learning curve, to learn new techniques or to refine previously used techniques in all stages of professional development.

Advanced training · Advanced training regulations · Training model · Vascular International · Certification

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Journal Article (Further Contribution)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Cardiovascular Disorders (DHGE) > Clinic of Cardiovascular Surgery

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Schmidli, Jürg and Widmer, Matthias Kurt


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Sara Baumberger

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27 Feb 2015 11:23

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