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OEI Training

Video-based instruction followed by repeated, systematic, mentored practice on high-fidelity physical simulators dramatically reduces the time necessary to acquire competence in major surgical operations.   We provide a structured, hands-on teaching approach for each procedure.

  • Study of videotape instruction of the procedure performed on the simulator
  • Repetitive practice on the simulator
  • Testing and validation of psycho-motor and cognitive mastery
  • Reference/refresher slide show through mobile application.


Advantages Over Traditional Surgical Training

OEI training is more effective, more efficient, and more realistic than cadaver, high-tech, video based, and live tissue training (LTT) for many surgical procedures.

Our training systems provide a cost-effective supplement to residency training, expanding experiential opportunities and provide additional practice beyond those procedures most often encountered during residential training.

OEI Training

  • Cadaver training is expensive, allows limited repetitions, tends toward elderly subjects resulting in restricted and unrealistic functionality
  • High-tech virtual reality simulators are cost prohibitive, often costing in excess of $80,000 per simulator, are effective only in replicating those procedures performed by high-tech operative methods such as laparoscopy, and are physically delicate and require unrealistic level of care in use
  • Videos of actual operative procedures are not paced for instruction, can’t capture operative subtleties, typically have obstructed views (i.e. the “big red blood hole”) and overall poor production quality, and do not support reinforcement through immediate practice
  • Live tissue training (LTT) is being phased out by the U.S. military and is only now used at 5% of U.S. medical schools. It is expensive, logistically challenging, and socially objectionable.  Even so, prior to the creation of OEI’s anatomically correct, fully operative simulators, LTT provided the most realistic trauma training for many pathologies

Validation and Verification

OEI is supporting its training claims through independent scientific studies that verify and validate its training efficacy.  Three validating studies are planned or in process.

  • OEI’s fasciotomy simulation-based training course is undergoing independent validation and verification by the Uniform Services University (USUHS)
  • OEI’s caesarian section simulation-based training will be validated and verified as part of the USAID “Saving Lives at Birth” program. The study will be performed by the  U.S. Army.
  • OEI’s Craniotomy and Craniectomy simulation-based training series will be evaluated and validated.  Details of this are forthcoming.