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Issue 24, September 2016

Endoscopic excellence: VirtaMed and KARL STORZ update UroTrainer simulator

Dear partners, clients, friends and innovation enthusiasts,

This newsletter brings you advancements in endoscopic training: we are proud to introduce the updated KARL STORZ UroTrainer, which now features PDD and SPECTRA A/B imaging technologies. Another article takes a look at the roots of keyhole surgery and gazes into the future of medical training with one key goal in mind: first, do no harm.

We will also introduce a VirtaMed face with artistic flair, and Aunt Sophie gives IT relationship tips in her satirical advice column.

VirtaMed introduces customized imaging technologies for KARL STORZ UroTrainer simulator

PDD and SPECTRA A/B, developed by KARL STORZ for the IMAGE1 S camera platform, are two different imaging technologies with the same goal: to help surgeons recognize different tissues during operation. Physicians can now experience the benefits of both technologies in virtual reality by using the VirtaMed-powered endoscopic UroTrainer simulator.

Read more about the simulation collaboration.

VirtaMed revolutionizes a 4,000-year-old tradition

VirtaMed is a company that respects the past, whilst looking to the future in surgical training. Technological innovation with patient care at the center are the pillars of VirtaMed’s visionary ideas. Rather than breaking from surgical training traditions, VirtaMed sees itself as improving, developing, and building on these traditions to improve patient care through surgical training.

Read more about the journey through history

Meet VirtaMed: “You have to learn the rules before you can break them”

Our 3D Artist Johannes Kiesbauer has learned that if you want creative freedom, you need to work hard, try different things, and make many mistakes. Understanding basic laws of physics and the workings of a programmer’s mind helps, too.

Read the full interview

Conference corner – see our simulators in action!

Would you like to try out one of our simulators? Come meet us at a conference. We have great partner shows coming up: KARL STORZ will be showing the UroTrainer with new added features at DGU starting September 28th; in October ASRM will present the embryo transfer simulator at the annual expo. VirtaMed will also have a booth at ASRM. In October we are also on tour with our entire simulator fleet: if you work in Poland, the Czech Republic, or Hungary, invite us over for a demonstration!

November will come with many arthroscopy meetings, such as the Hip Arthroscopy Meeting in Munich, the Percival Pott Club meeting in London, ISKSAA in Delhi, and SFA in Paris.

Read the full list of our conference visits on our website.

Aunt Sophie: 

Dear Aunt Sophie,

I want to ask my hospital's new IT architect out, but my friends tell me I'm out of her league; apparently I'm not stylish enough. Do you have any tips on how to improve my style?

Dr. L. McCoy, M.D.
Dear Dr. McCoy,

Style is indeed important; it's a way to respect the people around you. Proper styling is, in essence, communication: it's not enough to deliver the message, you also want it to be understood. You may feel tempted to express yourself with poetic inlining and imaginative user-defined literals, but in the end it will just be that much harder for her to understand you. Individualism is a beautiful thing, but style is about being in sync.

Before you even begin to align any stylistic details, you need to find out which language she uses. In her line of work it will probably be either Java or C++; ask a colleague of hers to make sure. If you have good relations with the IT department, you might even ask them to advise you on the more specific styling configuration used in your hospital.

If her chosen language is C++, remember that although it is possible to create functioning code using mainly structures from the good old C, it does not give a very elegant impression. A contemporary woman will probably look more favorably upon someone who knows how to use contemporary tools to solve problems in the contemporary world.

An oft-recited truth is that the less crucial a styling feature is, the more fierce is the battle over it. It is possible that, despite all your preparation, you end up angering her by stumbling on a pet peeve of hers. However, taking that risk is what living a full life means. If you keep an open mind and accept the challenge to learn new things, you have a good chance at melting the heart of even a more stubborn IT professional.

Do you have a question for Aunt Sophie? Send it to

The content of this column is purely fictional; any connections to actual people or events are purely coincidental.

Stefan Tuchschmid, Co-CEO

Raimundo Sierra, Co-CEO

P.S.: For prompt updates you may always visit our Facebook or LinkedIn profile, follow the conversations on Twitter, check out movies of virtual reality procedures on Youtube or visit our Website for the latest news. Stay tuned!
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