Operating Room Simulation:
MITIESM houses simulated operating room environments to train learners on a host of scenarios and procedures used in today's advanced operating rooms. These include techniques for minimally invasive and image guided surgery.
Endovascular Simulation Suite:
The Simbionix Angiometor and Angioexpress System is the primary endovascular simulator used in MITIE. It allows learners the ability to practice coronary and peripheral vascular interventions in a simulated environment with no radiation or biohazardous materials. It provides real time feedback and haptics to offer the closest simulated environment to an actual endovascular procedure.
Inanimate Skills Lab:
This is a 1,000 square foot laboratory which is an extension of the MITIE Virtual Hospital. It supports medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty 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.
Procedure Skill Training Lab:
Want to learn a new procedure or a new technique in a particular operation? This takes place in the Procedural Skills Training Lab of MITIE. This area houses 15 stations that can be used for open or minimally invasive procedures as well as endoscopic procedures like colonoscopy.
This area of MITIE houses three mobile full-patient mannequin simulators (i-Stan from METI and SimMan 3G from Laerdal). Physicians, allied health professionals and nurses train on specific clinical scenarios from managing critical care patients to cardiac arrest. The virtual hospital provides an environment when trainees can be observed and videotaped for evaluation at the conclusion of the training scenario.
Hybrid Research Operating Room:
This research operating room will be a key component of MITIE in The Methodist Hospital Research Institute. Real time image guided procedures can take place with the addition of an MRI to the operating room allowing for advances in minimally invasive and percutaneous therapies. Expected completion date is around 2012.
Partial Task Training:
This is another area of the virtual hospital which allows learners to focus on specific areas of given procedures. For instance, techniques for managing a difficult airway, inserting a central line under ultrasound guidance or performing an ultrasound guided breast biopsy can be learned in the Partial Task Training area of MITIE.