The Royal College of Surgeons of England has granted professional development accreditation to a total hip replacement simulation on the FundamentalVR surgery training platform.
The continuing professional development (CPD) accreditation means that surgeons training in the Fundamental Surgery simulation for posterior approach total hip replacement can earn six CPD points toward their education.
Surgeons in the UK must earn 50 CPD points per year to show they are continuing to improve and practice their skills and performance. The Royal College of Surgeons of England accredits activities such as educational days and conferences that meet regulatory guidelines.
CPD accreditation is a significant milestone for FundamentalVR, whose Fundamental Surgery platform acts as a ‘flight simulator’ experience for trainee and qualified surgeons.
The platform, launched in August 2018, uses HapticVR, a proprietary technology that adds a real-time sense of touch.
Omar Sabri, a consultant surgeon in trauma and orthopedics and member of the FundamentalVR global medical board, called the accreditation a “huge step forward for VR surgical simulation and validates its ability to add value to the surgical education system”.
He added: “As the first HapticVR simulation company to be accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England for total hip replacement (posterior approach), Fundamental Surgery is an incontrovertible leader in the field.”
Richard Vincent, chief executive officer and founder of FundamentalVR, said: “We are pleased Fundamental Surgery has been recognised by the Royal College of Surgeons of England as an educational platform that can help increase proficiency and help maintain and improve surgeon’s performance.”
“With Fundamental Surgery, we have developed a completely safe and realistic teaching environment for surgeons to learn and hone their skills combining virtual reality with tactile feedback that is so important for developing the muscle memory associated with different procedures.”
FundamentalVR partnered with haptic technology developer HaptX last month to demonstrate how surgeons can become even more hands-on during complicated procedures.