Mimic CEO & President Jeff Berkley kicks off Movember – a movement that aims to change the face of men’s health.
Today I shaved the beard I have had for 15 years and become uncomfortably aware of what my beard has been hiding. Why is this blog worthy? Today is the start of Movember, which is a movement that aims to change the face of men’s health. In support of this effort, I have shaved my face to provide a clean canvas to grow a mustache. No doubt this will be a conversation starter and an opportunity to talk about men’s health issues. Here are just a few important facts:
- 1 in 2 men, will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
- 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.
- Over 238,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed and almost 30,000 men will die of prostate cancer in 2013.
- Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in males between the ages of 15 and 35.
- 7,920 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer and 370 will die in 2013.
Besides spreading awareness, the Mimic team is also doing its part to raise money. Mimic will donate $1 for every ‘Like’ on our Facebook page during the month of November. We also invite you to join the Mimic Moustache Movember team and grow your own moustache. Simply submit before and after pictures to our team profile and we’ll donate $50 for each new team member! Don’t think you can pull off a mustache (and let’s face it, who really can)? Then consider making a donation through our team or to the individual with your favorite mustache.
To join our team:
- click here and select JOIN A TEAM
- Type ‘Mimic Movember’ into the search box
- Create your profile
- Shave clean the beginning of November
- Grow an awesome moustache throughout the month
CEO, President and Founder
Mimic Technologies Inc
Software update enhances dV-Trainer® simulator performance, offers preview of Robotic Training Network (RTN) exercises
Mimic Technologies announces the release of MSim 2.2, the latest simulation software platform for the dV-Trainer robotic surgery simulator. MSim 2.2 brings functionality upgrades and enhanced performance to existing dV-Trainer customers and Mimic research partners worldwide.
MSim 2.2 also brings a preview of new dry lab simulation exercises developed in collaboration with the Robotic Training Network (RTN). RTN is devoted to standardizing the robotic surgical curriculum and education for residents/fellows-in-training.
The recently developed Tower Transfer and Roller Coaster exercises included in MSim 2.2 are life-like simulations of physical dry lab exercises RTN uses in an assessment program for their robotic surgical training curriculum. With nine exercises in total, the Tower Transfer and Roller Coaster modules are positioned as a preview of a full suite of RTN dry lab exercises on the dV-Trainer that will be available through an exclusive license to RTN members in 2014.
“It’s exciting to see RTN dry lab exercises crossing over into a simulation environment, and this marks the start of a new era of expanded access and greater flexibility for RTN network members for how they develop and implement robotic skills training,” said Martin A. Martino, MD (RTN founding member, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, University of South Florida; Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA). “Performing the dry lab exercises on the dV-Trainer has the potential to help RTN validate whether these simulation exercises are associated with predictive validity to correlate simulation skills to patient outcomes.”
As with other dV-Trainer exercises, the new Tower Transfer and Roller Coaster exercises allow users to objectively measure their performance with MScore. Standard on the dV-Trainer, MScore is the only true proficiency-based scoring system for robotic surgery simulation skills development. MScore assessment is built on data collected from more than 100 experienced surgeons that have completed 75 or more robotic cases. Similar to the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) standard, MScore is based on expert mean and standard deviation data to facilitate credentialing and privileging.
“Mimic’s quarterly updates to the MSim platform reflect absolute dedication to providing dV-Trainer users with exceptional system performance and novel content,” said Jeff Berkley, CEO, Mimic Technologies. “And with MSim 2.2, we are particularly proud of our collaboration with RTN, as they are committed to standardizing the surgical curriculum for residents and fellows training in both OBGYN and Surgery ACGME educational programs. We believe their work will provide a significant improvement in patient safety as well as patient outcomes.”
Based on Mimic’s proprietary 3D simulation technology, the dV-Trainer provides the most realistic and life-like robotic surgery simulation for the Intuitive Surgical da Vinci® robot.
Mimic Technologies, founded in 2001 and based in Seattle, WA, is a pioneer and leader in robotic surgery simulation and training. The dV-Trainer was the first simulator to recreate the look and feel of the da Vinci® Surgery System from Intuitive Surgical. For more information: http://www.mimicsimulation.com
The vision of the Robotic Training Network (RTN) is to standardize the robotic surgical curriculum and education for residents/fellows-in-training (OBGYN and SURGERY) through the development of a collaborative network. This network is led by a multidisciplinary team of surgeons who are also Fellows in the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecology (FACOG) representing nine founding members from leading academic institutions in the United States. For more information: http://robotictraining.org
*NEW* at this year’s AAGL Global Congress: One-on-one Private Proctoring on the dV-Trainer® Robotic Surgery Simulator
This year, surgeons will have the opportunity to improve their da Vinci® robotic surgery skills through private, one-on-one proctoring on Mimic’s dV-Trainer®, the “original” robotic surgery simulator, during the AAGL Global Congress in Washington D.C on November 11-13, 2013.
The Skills Simulator for the da Vinci® Si is based on Mimic’s proprietary simulation technology. The joint install base is approaching 1,000 simulators, making this by far the most widely adopted simulation platform for robotic simulation. Through this special private, one-on-one proctoring, surgeons can expect to see performance improvement in only one session.
This world-class simulation training will be managed by Mimic Medical Education and Development (MimicMED). MimicMED, a subsidiary of Mimic Technologies, is committed to providing simulation-based training and improving the technical competence of robotic surgeons.
AAGL attendees who reserve a training time now qualify for one-on-one private proctoring on the dV-Trainer® at the special rate of $100/hour. Training will take place at the MimicMED booth #739 during this year’s 42nd AAGL Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, just outside Washington, D.C., November 11-13, 2013.
Signing up for this special training is easy, but space is limited, so you’ll need to reserve your training time before November 10. Simply click here to sign up
What else is happening at AAGL?
This year’s 42nd AAGL Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology will include two days of post graduate courses followed by three days of exhibits, platform presentations, symposia, and special events.
All attendees are invited to stop by the Mimic Technologies booth (#631) to experience innovation in simulation on the dV-Trainer® first hand.
AAGL Attendees who visit the MimicMED booth(#739) will get a chance to win a trip to MimicMED’s Full Day Robotic Surgery Simulation Training Class in Celebration, Florida! Trip includes airfare, hotel, transportation and MimicMED full day simulation course. Restrictions apply. Stop by MimicMED Booth #739 for details.
Mimic Technologies Founder and CEO, Jeff Berkley, PhD, is featured on the cover of Surgical Products today! Read the full article on The Value Of Robotic Surgery: It All Comes Down To Training
Enter to WIN 1 hour of private, one-on-one proctoring on Mimic’s dV-Trainer® ($100 value)
During the month of October, MimicMED will be giving away three 1 hour sessions of private one-on-one proctoring that will take place during this year’s AAGL Global Congress in Washington D.C on November 11-13, 2013
Entering is Easy!
Simply connect with Mimic on your social media of choice: Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIN. Each week, we’ll ask a robotic surgery question. Simply post your response in the comments field. (Twitter users be sure to include the hashtags #AAGL and #MimicMED) Each week, we’ll select one winner!
**This contest has ended, however you can still sign up for one-on-one proctoring at AAGL here.