In VirtaMed news: experiences from simulator users
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December 2016

Life after release: experiences from the users of VirtaMed simulators

Dear partners, clients, friends and innovation enthusiasts,

When we talk about news in the field of medical simulation, we often think about new products and the latest releases. However, the reason we develop all these shiny solutions is to make life a little easier for all those physicians, trainers, and program directors who use them in their daily work. What happens when the dust has settled and the new release has turned into a familiar tool? Our joint press release with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and an interview with UMKC Orthopedic Residency Program Director Dr. James Bogener shed some light on life after release.

In her satirical advice column Aunt Sophie gets to answer a question from a very old friend, namely Santa Claus himself. For contrast, this issue's VirtaMed face is a new one: why did our Release Manager choose VirtaMed, and what has she learned three months in?

Happy Holidays from the VirtaMed team!

P.S. If you have opinions on what the year 2017 should look like for simulation in medical education, join our #MedEdSimNeeds17 conversation on social media.

Success story: “Every time a resident uses the simulator the program saves 200–300 dollars”

The UMKC School of Medicine’s Orthopaedic Surgery residency program has used a VirtaMed ArthroS™ for a little over a year. During that time, they have learned that the residents love the simulator and that the initial investment pays off. Program Director Dr. James Bogener explains why the ArthroS™ was chosen and how it has been utilized in training. He even gives tips for program directors on the fence about virtual reality simulation.

Read more about UMKC's experiences with ArthroS™

Reproductive Health Practitioners Around the World Continue to Gain Hands-On Experience with the New ASRM Embryo Transfer Simulator

Introduced in October 2015 at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Annual Scientific Congress, the ASRM Embryo Transfer Simulator (“Simulator”) has been successfully deployed over the last 12 months at embryo transfer simulation workshops and training sessions from Alabama to Helsinki, garnering positive response from the hundreds of physicians and healthcare professionals who have experienced working with the Simulator, most recently in Salt Lake City, UT at the ASRM 2016 Scientific Congress & Expo.

Read the press release

Meet VirtaMed: “I do things no sane developer would even think to try”

Our new Quality and Release Manager Tripti Abhijatha has been with VirtaMed for just three months, but she has already learned not to be afraid to ask questions. After all, when you crash software for a living, you should think less like an engineer and more like a busy end user who has no idea what all the buttons are there for.

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. In January we will be attending Arab Health in Dubai and IMSH in Orlando; we even have this teaser video promising a rather exciting virtual reality experience inside a knee joint. In February our simulators will be represented at AANA in Snowbird, Utah, by CAE Healthcare.

In March our simulators and friendly staff will travel to San Diego for AAOS, to London for EAU, and to Kuala Lumpur for ASPIRE. Early April we'll be in Singapore for Asia Health.

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

Aunt Sophie: Christmas present for Santa

Dear Aunt Sophie,

For centuries I have been giving presents to children and adults around the world. I love the spark of joy in their eyes when they receive their gift, and I would like to experience that once myself; hence, I have decided to give myself a Christmas present. But what can you get for a man who has everything?

St. Nicholas (friends call me Santa)
Dear Santa,

You have indeed been spreading the joy to the world for longer than any of us can remember; I, too, have fond memories of encounters with you. I think it's a lovely idea to get yourself a present after all these years!

As I have understood, you are a man with a lovely home, a big family, many animal and human friends, and a very important job that culminates in a very stressful period at the end of the year. You already have access to all the toys and gadgets known to man, so maybe you could spoil yourself with a holiday. I suggest you take some time for yourself, consider a change of scenery, and gain some great experiences to carry with you for a long time afterwards.

If you're looking at ideal locations in January, I recommend some place warm just to break the arctic routine. How about Florida? At that time of the year it's warm, but not too hot for a man of the north. You could visit Orlando, the Theme Park Capital of the World. I believe you would enjoy diving into a different phase of water in any of the city's many water parks.

For a very special experience, Orlando also hosts the IMSH conference in late January. Being a people person, you might enjoy seeing how concern for patients has driven the brightest minds of our day to develop safe and effective training tools for medical professionals. I've heard that in the exhibition hall you would even have a chance to walk inside a very realistic human knee joint wearing a pair of virtual reality goggles. That's definitely not something people get to do every day unless the work in a research laboratory.

Just one more piece of advice: If you do decide to give yourself an experience like this, do create a physical symbol of the present to hand over to yourself on Christmas. After all, to get that same spark the rest of us show when receiving our presents, you should also have something to hold and unwrap. Maybe you could create a card or a letter with a travel itinerary and an image that gives you a glimpse of what you are about to experience? Something like this, for example.

Whatever you decide to go with, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a very relaxing transition into the new year!

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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