The item on the left, an Operable Robotic Throat Surgery Model, can be shipped with the container it came in.  Just call 1-800-GoFedEx and it will arrive the next day wherever medical professionals need to be trained.

The training device on the right, a cadaver, can’t be easily shipped anywhere.  In fact, a cadaveric specimen requires the involvement of a team to set up and manage.  With a cadaver, medical professionals must travel to the lab to undergo training with great expense and risk and without the benefit of their support team there to receive the training with them.

And these days, who’s traveling?

Don’t get me wrong, training with a cadaver is revered and respected by medical professionals for good reason.  Nothing more accurately simulates a human body than a human body.

But overseas, it’s a different story.  They don’t generally use cadavers.  Thinking outside the US might be summarized by a Royal College Surgeons of England paper“In a review of surgical training, Hamstra et al reported that several studies have shown that technical skills acquired on low fidelity models (ie bench models) could confer the same degree of benefit as training on a high fidelity model (ie cadavers) as it was found that the learning process was of primary importance rather than the physical substrate.

Since the Royal College of Surgeons paper, noted above, was also published by The National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health, perhaps attitudes about the use of cadaver labs in the U.S. are changing. As humans, our advantage is our ability to adapt.  With the training landscape changing, adaptation has never been more critical.

I invite you to review our portfolio or to contact me directly to discuss how a medical demonstration model can help you and meet the new challenges of the training environment.


Allison Rae