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What Do Healthcare Professionals Say About Our Simulators?

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Prof. Michael Glikson

“I remember my days as a new intern….the first cases I performed were very difficult and it was a scary experience, since it takes between 10-20 procedures until you really feel that you are proficient. With today’s technological advances we have the ability to train doctors on full procedures using medical simulators as advanced as the Simbionix ANGIO Mentor, prior to having them perform on live patients. By providing this opportunity, the learning curve is significantly shortened and trainees gain confidence before they approach their first cases.”

Prof. Michael Glikson Director of Electrophysiology and Pacing at the Sheba Medical Center, Israel
Horst Sievert MD, PhD

Simulators will have a place in the future to plan a procedure. They are not only for training. They allow us to look at the anatomy and try devices before we actually start the procedure

Horst Sievert MD, PhD Director of the Cardiovascular Center and department of Internal Medicine, Sankt Katharinen, Frankfurt Germany.
Karl A. Illig

“After extensive experience with another product and thorough research of all available options, we purchased an ANGIO Mentor in 2006 for our research and educational program. The ANGIO Mentor has lived up to our fullest expectations, and we are ‘never going back.’ It is by far the most intuitive endovascular simulator platform, has the best haptics, and clearly has the widest variety of training options. In addition, the staff at Simbionix have been extremely responsive and view this as a true partnership. We currently use our simulator for general education within our resident and fellow rotations, recruiting and skills identification, and have been extremely happy with the entire Simbionix platform.”

Karl A. Illig MD, Professor of Surgery and Neurosurgery, Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Rochester Medical Center
Violaine Carlier

“We use the Simbionix ANGIO Mentor for all our trainings because it gives us the opportunity to discuss best practices for TAVI, the device, different scenarios, complications management and it is used for one-on-one training, where we have more hands-on requirements. ….We want to train physicians to perform TAVI so that the patient is safe in their hands. The ANGIO Mentor simulator allows us to do that full training that is required and it’s perfect that the bus works well with the Simbionix training.”

Violaine Carlier Heart Valves Marketing Manager, UK & Ireland
Prof. Bob Geelkerken

“One of the outcomes of this nationwide course we are doing for 9 years is that the level of (endo)vascular knowledge and skills (competencies) in all regions in the Netherlands is clearly improved and equalized. In addition, nowadays, during the examinations of the European board of Vascular Surgery, the Dutch residents are always the top 10, because just before the board examination they have the CASH-3 training and assessment course, and it really helps them in becoming skilled and clever”

Prof. Bob Geelkerken Consultant vascular surgeon, University of Twente, former chair of Dutch Society of Vascular Surgery
Dr. Nabil Chakfe

"We must train physicians that are currently performing old practices, on new devices and techniques. In addition, we needed a tool to train our residents and fellows without risking our patient. Now practicing on the ANGIO Mentor is a part of training in our vascular surgery department. All residents and fellows have a specific curriculum and they have to perform two hours per week of training and assessment in order to evaluate and improve their skills."

Dr. Nabil Chakfe Vascular Surgeon, Head of GEPROVAS, and Head of the Department of Vascular Surgery and Renal Transplantation at Strasbourg University Hospital
Dr. Thomas Masaryk

“Historically one might say that I’ve been a “simulator skeptic.” But, I was utterly amazed with what Simbionix has accomplished: a thoroughly impressive recreation of complex aneurysm coiling… I have no doubt that the cerebral intervention module will change the way we teach intracranial procedures. In the future I foresee a significant impact on case planning and decision making. Now trainees can gain experience with difficult cases before encountering these critical challenges in real life.”

Dr. Thomas Masaryk Chair, Neuroradiology Department, Cleveland Clinic

“We have been using the ANGIO Mentor for training of our Gore Flow Reversal System. Our goal is to train physicians on procedural steps to maximize the effectiveness of the Gore Flow Reversal System even in challenging anatomies. The simulator allows us to provide the physicians training on multiple case scenarios in concise timeframe, safe environment and on a real patient’s anatomy. Simbionix was attentive and provided us a solution that was tailored to fit our requirements and budget in a relatively short time.”

Silvia Talco Neurovascular European Product Manager WL GORE & Associates Srl.
Prof. Jean Bismuth

"I believe that training on a Simbionix ANGIO Mentor should become an integral part of any endovascular curriculum. It provides residents and fellows with step-by-step training on fundamental skills as well as various procedures and anatomies. Not only does the simulator have realistic haptics and visuals, the range of complex scenarios and enhanced performance metrics allow our trainees to attain essential technical and cognitive expertise before working on real patients.”

Prof. Jean Bismuth Associate Professor and leading vascular surgeon. Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center, Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas
Dr. Jonash Eiberg

"Simulation training provides the opportunity to train demanding, new operations in a zero-risk environment for the patient. Our vascular surgery residents simply do not come close to patients until completing simulation training and passing simulated exams on ANGIO Mentor simulator. That order is the only one that makes sense."

Dr. Jonash Eiberg Department of Vascular Surgery and Copenhagen Academy of Medical Education and Simulation at Rigshospitalet and University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Prof. Iris Grunwald

“What I like about the simulator is although you have the possibility to trigger complications in the middle of a procedure, the simulator will also react to any mistakes the trainee does. I particularly like the complications feature because that is what makes all the difference, knowing how to deal with complications in an emergency and I want my team to have experience in seeing possible complications that may occur and deal with them in a stress-free environment before having to deal with them in a real setting.”

Prof. Iris Grunwald Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiologist and Clinical Professor for Imaging and Science and Technology at University of Dundee, Scotland
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