Exactly 12 months ago, I wrote an abstract focused on “Perfusion training and education in ordinary and extraordinary times”. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic impacted our normal way of living and challenged our way of teaching. The result is that a lot of organizations needed to emergent transition from face-to-face learning to online learning, which can be challenging.
Medtronic explored alternative and complementary ways to provide high quality trainings and Virtual Reality (VR) is one of these alternative ways that can contribute as a next-generation option in training healthcare professionals from distance or onsite. Exactly 12 months ago, Medtronic created the European Experience Center (EECK), which is located in The Netherlands, entirely virtual. In this way, we could bring the flow physiology course back to live and bring many healthcare professionals back to the EECK to experience this course, and its experiments, virtually in an engaging way.
During the past months, Medtronic worked hard on developing more innovative learning solutions, which are even more innovative compared to last year’s update at the AGM. We’ve focused on developing two VR product trainings, which take place in a virtual operating theatre. These VR product trainings, focused on Quantum Thermal Technology and AutoLog IQ, will not replace any onsite hands-on trainings in the future. On the contrary, these VR trainings will prepare you better to actual hands-on training and are therefore now part of a complete perfusion product training.
Medtronic’s beliefs are that combining these new innovative technologies with onsite training, that this leads to training and education programs better adapted to the needs of our customers, which will also reach more health care professionals.
Medtronic is looking to be further connected with all health care professionals. Stay tuned for next year’s edition, there is more to come.
Jesse Wouters works for Medtronic as Training and Education Manager within the Extracorporeal Therapies division. He is responsible for all the internal field force training programs and also for the external customer training offerings. Before joining Medtronic, he worked almost 10 years as an EBCP certified clinical perfusionist in the University Hospital of Antwerp, Belgium. He also worked for Getinge Netherlands B.V. as Account Manager/Clinical Application Specialist in the Acute Care Therapies division.