The Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation & Education (MITIESM) is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art education and research center at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.
It was created for physicians who wish to acquire new procedural skills and integrate new technologies into their practices. The first facility of its kind, MITIE now encompasses 35,000 square feet of research space dedicated to procedural skills acquisition and the development of image-guided technology, medical robotics and new procedural techniques.
MITIE is comprised of three core components:
A virtual hospital for recreating high-risk patient care environments
A procedural skills lab for hands-on training with state-of-the-art models
A suite of operating rooms for image-guided procedure research, robotic surgery and technology development
The MITIE Inanimate Skills Lab
The MITIE Inanimate Skills Lab offers additional training opportunities for medical students, residents, and fellows.
The MITIE project also includes a 1,000 square foot Inanimate Skills Laboratory (ISL) - an extension of the Virtual Hospital - that supports medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty across multiple specialties who work and train at Methodist. It is located in the heart of the hospital, one floor above the operating rooms and around the corner from the surgery resident call rooms, to foster around-the-clock availability.
A full-time surgical educator runs the ISL and, with the guidance of physician champions, builds educational programs targeted toward trainees of all levels. This training includes open and laparoscopic surgical skills, surgical stapling, vascular anastomosis, endoscopic vein harvest, placement of chest tubes, difficult airway management, ventilator management, flexible GI endoscopy, bronchoscopy, and basic ultrasound including the guidance of placement of central lines.
These programs are proficiency based so that, once introduced to the exercise, the trainee can improve with self-directed practice fostered by expert coaching and well defined milestones for required progression.