study abstracts with links to full publications
At Mimic, we understand that independent validation is of utmost importance to our customers. We are proud to say that the dV-Trainer has demonstrated face, content, construct, and concurrent validity in multiple studies. More recently, studies have concluded that the dV-Trainer is comparable to dry-lab training on the da Vinci® robot (concurrent validity), and efforts are under way to assess the predictive validity of the simulator.
Mimic’s dV-Trainer was the first commercially available simulator for robotic surgery with the first prototype installed at Indiana University’s Department of Urology in February of 2007. The dV-Trainer remains the only stand-alone robotic simulator that has been independently validated in published studies.
Face: Realistic look and feel
Content: Useful as a training tool
Construct: Ability to distinguish between Novice and Expert users
Concurrent: Compares to a similar or related construct (Dry Labs, Tissue Lab, etc.)
Predictive: Predicts actual performance in the O.R.
Subjective realism of the simulator
Judgement of appropriateness of the teaching modality
Able to distinguish experienced from inexperienced surgeon
Extent to which the simulator correlates with the “ Gold standard”
Extent to which simulator predicts future performance