Training is offered at various Medtronic Therapy and Procedure Training Centers using virtual reality imaging labs that provide realistic procedures and replicate patient cases in the areas of heart failure with cardiac resynchronization therapy, heart arrhythmias and coronary artery disease. Training is based on a variety of cases with varying levels of difficulty, delivering both diagnostic and treatment challenges using virtual patients and virtual fluoroscopy with the "feel" of an actual case but without risk.
A key training programme component was introduced at Heart Rhythm 2004 at Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. Conference attendees could experience the latest in simulation technology when visiting the Medtronic Therapy and Procedure Training Center Mobile Unit - an 80 foot-long, semi truck with two virtual catheterization labs - at Medtronic's exhibit hall.
"As the industry leader in providing cardiac resynchronization therapy systems for the management of heart failure, our advanced simulation programmes largely aim to accelerate safe physician use of this groundbreaking therapy", stated Marshall Stanton, vice president and medical director for Medtronic Cardiac Rhythm Management. "With our wide range of training programmes and multitude of device and delivery system options, we are uniquely positioned to help physicians care for more heart failure patients with life-saving and life-enhancing medical technologies."
"Throughout my years of contributing to the development of new cardiac devices and training programmes, I have never seen a more cutting-edge and comprehensive approach to physician training", stated Randy Lieberman, M.D., chair, department of electrophysiology, Harper University Hospital in Detroit, who participated in the development of the Medtronic simulator patient case studies and serves as programme director for one of the company's Centers of Excellence for regional clinician training. "High-quality training is vital to equipping the cardiology community to deliver the best patient care possible, and Medtronic's physician education programmes for cardiac devices will help make enormous strides in this area."
United States-based Medtronic training opportunities are available through:
- The Medtronic Therapy and Procedure Training Center - North America, which opens this month in Minneapolis and features a 120-person auditorium/classroom, four fully equipped operating rooms, virtual catheterization laboratories and simulator systems. Interactive satellite technology can transmit live procedures in real time from medical centres, allowing interaction with physicians performing new procedures.
- Medtronic Vascular training facilities in California, New York and Massachusetts. These facilities focus on interventional cardiology procedures, giving physicians simulator-based training in the use of diagnostic techniques, angioplasty catheters, stents, distal protection systems, and peripheral vascular procedures.
- Regional cardiac device implant training programmes that facilitate greater access to training throughout the country. The Therapy and Procedure Training Center - Mobile Unit, with a conference room and two virtual cath labs, will be based in Florida, and the company is establishing Therapy and Procedure Training Centers at Medtronic regional offices in New Jersey, California, Georgia, Colorado and Minnesota. In addition, courses will be offered at several regional hospitals and medical centres that have been selected as Medtronic Centers of Excellence.