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Meditech company Smith & Nephew has partnered with arthroscopy simulation firm VirtaMed in order to expand its portfolio of training and education for advanced surgical devices by providing simulation training.

VirtaMed’s training simulators prepare physicians for minimally invasive surgeries, and will modify and integrate Smith & Nephew’s existing instruments for use in knee, shoulder, and hip arthroscopy simulations.

Furthermore, the new simulators will be featured on Connect – VirtaMed’s cloud-based simulation management platform, to allow surgeons to continue training even though they may not have access to the simulator itself.

Senior vice president of Smith & Nephew’s global medical education and societies division, María Jesús Barrenechea, said: “We have realised the value in simulation training as a meaningful part of the educational pathway and I am excited to bring this new method of training into our professional education activities. VirtaMed is clearly the most sophisticated simulation solution provider and is unique in its ability to adapt our devices for simulation.”

Co-CEO of VirtaMed, Dr Raimundo Sierra, further commented: “Our collaboration with Smith & Nephew demonstrates our commitment to work with the leading medical device companies around the world, bringing performance-based proficiency training to an increasingly large network of physicians.”

Smith & Nephew’s training devices are set to debut in the market in the last quarter of 2019.

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