New Robotic Surgery Simulation Courses Available at MimicMED™

robotic simulation course

Simulation Course at MimicMED™ Headquarters
Florida Hospital Nicholson Center, Celebration, FL

Mimic Medical Education and Development (MimicMED™), a subsidiary of Mimic Technologies, is committed to providing simulation-based training and improving the technical competence of robotic surgeons.

Our goal is to assist residents, fellows, and surgeons to move up the da Vinci® learning curve as quickly as possible by providing courses focusing on core robotic skills.

Services Offered:

  • Individual Simulation Instruction
  • Group Simulation Instruction
  • Curriculum Development Assistance
  • Research Support & Collaboration

Upcoming MimicMED™ Full Day Simulation Courses:

  • January 14, 2013
  • February 4, 2013
  • March 11, 2013
  • April 8, 2013
  • May 13, 2013

Each course is limited to 10 participants

To learn more and register for courses:

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UTMB Study Shows How Video Games are Helping to Train Next Generation of Surgeons

The future of robotic surgery simulation training was a key talking point at this  year’s American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists’ 41st Annual Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology in Las Vegas.  The event kicked off with state-of-the-art post graduate courses in robotic surgery  featuring Mimic’s dV-Trainer™, the first simulator to recreate the look and feel of the da Vinci® Surgery System.

Robotic Surgery Simulation

During the AAGL Mimic Launch Party, attendees enjoyed a comparison of past video game technology with today’s state-of-the-art robotic simulation software used to train surgeons.

Later attendees joined Mimic Technologies at the Innovation in Simulation launch party to witness the unveiling of the MSim 2.0, the Robotic Simulation Platform of the Future with new suturing and knot tying exercises.

In addition, a new study offering insight on how best to train future surgeons was presented at the AAGL conference. The study came from researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) — a world leader in minimally invasive and robotic surgery , where they placed high school and college students who regularly play video games head to head with resident physicians in robotic surgery simulations. Mimic’s dV-Trainer was used for the study.

According to the study, the superior hand-eye coordination and hand skills gained from hours of repetitive joystick maneuvers mimic the abilities needed to perform today’s most technologically-advanced robotic surgeries.

This is the main finding of a study by researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston who sought to look at ways young people might optimally prepare themselves to be the surgeons of the future.

More details of the research are featured in an article titled “Using Skills Gleaned from Video Games, High School and College Students Outmatch Medical Residents in Surgical Simulations” by Science News Daily.

According to the article, Dr. Sami Kilic, Director of Texas Robotic Gynecology for UTMB notes these observations point to a need for surgical training to adapt to future generations of doctors who will arrive at medical school with an affinity for emerging surgical techniques. “Most physicians in practice today never learned robotic surgery in medical school,” said Kilic. “However, as we see students with enhanced visual-spatial experience and hand-eye coordination that are a result of the technologically-savvy world they are immersed in, we should rethink how best to teach this generation, ” says Kilic in the article.

Dr. Nezhat

Robotic Surgery Simulation was a hot topic at this year’s AAGL. Internationally renowned laparoscopic surgeon, Dr. Nezhat,was interviewed by Reporter Holly Bridges  from about Mimic’s dV-Trainer.

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Mimic Introduces MSim 2.0™ – The Robotic Simulation Platform of the Future

Mimic’s much anticipated launch party during the AAGL – 41st Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology in  Las Vegas was packed Tuesday night as attendees witnessed the unveiling of the robotic simulation platform of the future: MSim 2.0™.

Mimic launch party 3D video

Attendees of the AAGL – 41st Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology wore special 3D glasses to witness the anticipated unveiling of Mimic’s Robotic Simulation Platform of the Future. See more photos from the Launch Party on Mimic’s Facebook Page

MSim 2.0 is the new simulation software platform for the dV-Trainer™, the surgical simulator designed to recreate the look and feel of the da Vinci Surgery System. The new simulation software offers enhanced graphics and  new suturing and knot tying exercises.

Mimic Launch Party

Jeff Berkley, Founder & CEO of Mimic, poses with Vegas greeters on the way into the Mimic Launch Party. Jeff helped found Mimic Technologies with the goal of providing the haptic technologies necessary for widespread acceptance of surgery simulation. See More Party Photos on Mimic’s Facebook Page

After a few “red carpet” photos, drinks and appetizers, Mimic’s CEO and Founder Jeff Berkley passed the microphone to Dr. Camran Nezhat who became the Master of Ceremonies. Dr. Nezhat is an internationally renowned laparoscopic surgeon, scientist, and innovator at Stanford University Medical Center, in Palo Alto, California and the pioneer and inventor of Minimally Invasive Surgery which made him the perfect choice to introduce the surgery simulation platform of the future.

After Dr. Nezhat spoke about the history of laparoscopic surgery, he introduced the much anticipated 3D video by Mimic Technologies showcasing the latest innovations in surgery simulation. The product preview included a look at MSim 2.0, the new Suturing and Knot Tying packages, MLabs and a new Stereoscope – a high fidelity and immersive display specifically designed to emulate the Si system.

Here’s a quick look at the upcoming products and special promos. For more details or to request a demo, please visit

MSim2.0™ Surgical Simulation Platform

  • Highly realistic training scenarios built on most advanced simulation platform in industry
  • High quality 3D models of virtual instruments (created from the original da Vinci® CAD files)
  • State-of-the-art rendering of virtual environments, including real-time shadows and depth of field
  • Advanced suturing, knot tying, and stereo video technology enables procedure-specific content
  • Flexibility to incorporate new da Vinci® instruments and techniques as they become available

MSim  2.0 will be included with all new dV-Trainer purchases starting in early 2013. Customers under a current Mimic service agreement will receive this package free of charge.

Special Promo: Customers with expired service plans may renew their plan and receive the MSim 2.0 at no charge when they renew before December 31, 2012.

Click here to learn more about MSim2.0™ Surgical Simulation Platform

grand prize winner

Throughout the evening, exciting prizes were given out. Loredana Guseila of AGMC was the Grand Prize Winner of MLabs, Mimic’s Dry Labs valued at $1450. More photos on Mimic’s Facebook Page

MLabs™, currently in development by Mimic Technologies, are innovative robotic surgery “dry labs” designed to be exact representations of existing virtual reality exercises available on the dV-Trainer™ and the da Vinci® Skills Simulator, co-developed by Mimic and Intuitive Surgical®.

Special Promo: MLabs will be available in early 2013. However, if you pre-order now, you’ll receive a 20% discount. Offer expires December 31, 2012

Learn more about MLabs

New Stereoscope

This high fidelity & immersive display is specifically designed to emulate the Si system. The new Stereoscope will be included with new systems shipped starting in early 2013. Current dV-Trainer customers may upgrade their existing stereoscope to the new version when released.

Special Promo: Customers who purchase an additional year of Mimic Service coverage at the time of their dV-Trainer purchase will receive the new stereoscope upgrade at no additional cost when it becomes available. Purchase order must be received on or before December 31, 2012.

Learn more Mimic Technologies and all of these innovations in simulation on their new web site

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State-of-the-Art Post Graduate Courses in Robotic Surgery at AAGL

Don’t miss these state-of-the-art Post Graduate Courses during the 41st Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology in Las Vegas on November 5th & 6th. Mimic’s dV-Trainer™, the first simulator to recreate the look and feel of the da Vinci Surgery System, will be on hand during PG106 and PG204.  More information on courses can be found at

Robotic Surgery Class

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Mimic’s dV-Trainers Help AUA Residents Tune their Surgical Skills

AUA Residents on dV-Trainers

AUA Residents on Mimic’s dV-Trainers, the surgical simulator designed to recreate the look and feel of the da Vinci Surgery System.

An impressive turn out of Urology residents participated in The South East Sectional of the American Urological Association Residents Course to tune their surgical skills. The annual course is conducted by Dr. Vip Patel’s Global Robotic Institute  as well as other Urologists who specialize in robotic surgery from the Southeast Section.

The two day event contained lectures, video case review, an animal-based robotic laboratory experience and robotic surgery simulation using Mimic’s dV-Trainer, the surgical simulator designed to recreate the look and feel of the da Vinci Surgery System.

dV-Trainer Lab

“It was great to see so many dV-Trainers engaged at one time,” said Todd Larson.

“It was great to see so many dV-Trainers (10) engaged at one time,” said Todd Larson, Director of  Mimic Medical Education & Development at Florida Hospital Nicholson Center when describing the course.  “We had over forty surgeons on our dV-Trainers, and they seemed to really enjoy the simulation sessions. In Fact, there were some surgeons from Brazil who spent four hours on the dV-Trainers!”

This special course is designed for the Urology Residency Programs in the Southeast Section.

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Dr. Thomas Lendvay performs Suturing using the Mantis Duo to control the Raven-II Surgical Robot.

In this video,  Dr. Thomas Lendvay performs suturing using the Mantis Duo from Mimic Technologies to control the Raven-II surgical robot.

System was implemented by H. Hawkeye King. Suturing, video and demonstration assited by Lee White and Sina Nia Kosari. Principal investigator: Prof. Blake Hannaford

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Mimic Innovation in Simulation Launch Party

Introducing the Robotic Simulation Platform of the Future

November 6th, 2012 will be a very exciting day for Mimic. Not only is Tuesday the 6th the start of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) conference, this is also the day that Mimic will launch a brand new simulation platform. Better yet, we will give a preview of a variety of new Mimic products that are coming early next year.

To celebrate the launch, Mimic will be hosting a party where we will unveil this new technology. This will be Mimic’s biggest event ever and we would love for you to join us!

Event Details:

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM (PST)

Caesar’s Palace,
Room Roman I & II
3570 Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Join us at the Mimic Innovation in Simulation Launch Party in Las Vegas during the AAGL Annual meeting on November, 6th, 8-11pm (directly following the exhibit hall opening reception) to celebrate the unveiling of the Robotic Simulation Platform of the Future and also to see a preview of a variety of new Mimic Products! This exciting evening will include a short video presentation followed by appetizers, drinks, & music.



In addition to the party,  we hope you will visit us on the tradeshow floor and at booth #207. This will allow you to try our latest technology first hand. Also, we are excited to unveil our brand new booth that I hope will impress.

If you can’t make AAGL, be sure to check out our revamped website that will go live on November 6th ( and will include new images and movies of our new platform.

Hope to see you in Las Vegas!

Mimic Technologies

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