MicroPort Orthopedics has reimagined its approach to medical education through new technologies, strategic partnerships, and regionally based education centers of excellence. The company is partnering with companies such as Osso VR to increase digital training, working with surgeons in key markets globally to supply educational content.

“The COVID-19 pandemic provided our industry with an opportunity to evaluate our current approaches and accelerate the implementation and adoption of technology-based solutions to help us in our customer engagement and medical education efforts,” says Benny Hagag, president and CEO of MicroPort Orthopedics. “As a company that is actively pursuing and bringing transformative technologies that deliver significant benefit and impact to the orthopedic industry, we see a significant value in a combined use of both virtual and in-person training sessions based on the procedures to be taught and the specific audience.”

With the VR curriculum, surgeons can train and assess themselves on the intuitive workflow of the procedure at their own pace. This partnership with MicroPort Orthopedics increases access to a wider library of surgical techniques while also supporting controlled, high-quality outcomes for patients,” says Justin Barad, MD, cofounder and CEO of Osso VR.

“With innovative solutions such as the Evolution Medial-Pivot Knee, and our tissue sparing surgical techniques such as SuperPath® and Anterior Path®, we’re on the verge of a massive paradigm shift in orthopedic procedures that help patients achieve full functionality and recover faster,” says Hagag. “We’re striving to remove any barriers to adopting innovative techniques that can achieve better outcomes for patients, and partnerships are a significant element to this goal. We’re excited to work with other innovative companies such as Osso VR, and expert surgeons around the globe to make these products and solutions accessible to all orthopedic surgeons.”

In addition to enhanced VR training, MicroPort’s regional centers of excellence are designed to deliver a holistic approach to education and training. These key locations, hosted by a local surgeon expert, provide an extensive learning pathway for surgeons to be educated on key MicroPort products, programs, and technologies. This pathway includes educational presentations, online learning, VR training, inperson cadaveric labs, and mentor opportunities with the global surgeon faculty. The program launched in late February 2021, when Dr. Andrew Ajluni hosted the first event, leading a successful educational lab about MicroPort’s latest tissue sparing portal-assisted hip approach.

“MicroPort is a technology-driven company, and we will continue to partner with Osso VR to develop our medical education and training programs to deliver highly effective clinical education programs,” says Hagag.

As more device companies embrace innovative training, the near future of medical technology education will look very different than it did just a few years ago.

Sherrie Trigg

Editor and Director of Medical Content

Medical Design Briefs Magazine

This article first appeared in the October, 2021 issue of Medical Design Briefs Magazine.

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