Apollo Hospitals gets India’s first Simulation Endoscopy Training centre

Kolkata, Aug 22 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) Apollo Institute of Gastrosciences at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals is setting up the first Simulation Endoscopy Training Centre of India.

A co-operation agreement has been signed by Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Olympus Medical Systems and DSS Imagetech to establish the state of the art “GI Training Centre” to provide effective training program in basic and advanced GI endoscopy to doctors and technicians.

The key feature of the training would be the ability to provide a wide knowledge in advanced endsocopy by combining endoscopic experience and virtual simulating facilities.
Apollo Gleneagles has developed the requisite training module and courses in collaboration with Olympus and DSS.

Dr Mahesh Goenka, Director of Institute of Gastrosciences at Apollo Gleneagles said, “The high prevalence rate of GI disease is because of a number of reasons in our country including poor sanitation, hygiene, impure water and above all lack of awareness.

“We require many more trained doctors who can diagnose and treat the GI diseases considering the magnitude of the prevalence of such diseases. The GI training centre would have the most advanced simulator machine which will enable our trainees to practice basic and advanced endoscopy on the machine itself before they carry out procedure on patients.”

Dr Rupali Basu, Chief Executive Officer, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals said, “The GI Training Centre would be a huge leap in clinical academic environment in our country. The Institute of Gastrosciences at our hospital is now geared up to impart training using some of the most sophisticated technologies and training facilities which were earlier available only in some select developed countries.”

The agreement was signed by Dr Rupali Basu, CEO – Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Masahiro Shinkai, Director (Sales and Marketing) – Olympus Medical Systems and Ajay Kandhari, Director – DSS Imagetech.

GI (Gastrointestinal) Endoscopy is performed to see the inside lining of the digestive tract by using a flexible fibreoptic tube with a tiny TV camera at the end.

The camera is connected to an eyepiece and video screen that displays the colour image as seen by the camera. Endoscopy allows the doctor   to diagnose and treat GI diseases.

Simulation is the imitation or modeling of a real-life situation for training and instruction. The GI simulator allows the doctors a realistic skills training environment and the learner literally ‘get a feel’ of the gastrointestinal assessment.

It provides active force feedback during insertion and removal of the scope from the mannequin as well as correct anatomic and physiological response throughout the procedure.

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