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HeiCuMiC - "Heidelberg Curriculum Minimally Invasive Surgery

Practice is All - Training Center and the Future Workshop

The Heidelberg Curriculum Minimally Invasive Surgery "HeiCuMIC" at the Training Center and Future Workshop for Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Department of General, Visceral and Transplant Surgery at Heidelberg University Hospital.

The training curriculum for Minimally Invasive Surgery is an ideal continuing education for residents and specialists in surgery as well as for medical students in their clinical semesters. The Heidelberg Training Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery offers a permanently accessible training room at the Department of Surgery in Heidelberg, where the necessary skills for laparoscopic surgical techniques can be learned and trained. The training center has 8 state-of-the-art and fully equipped laparoscopy workstations with complete instrumentation as well as a 3D laparoscopy workstation. Box trainers are available to train basic exercises as well as advanced skills, such as laparoscopic suturing and knotting, to simulated surgical steps on animal organs.

The use of P.O.P. (Pulsating Organ Perfusion) trainers allows realistic learning of various procedures (such as cholecystectomy, fundoplication, or hemostasis) on animal organs that are perfused. In this way, the avoidance and treatment of complications can also be practiced. In addition, computer simulators such as the LapMentor II and III as well as 3D Systems offer the possibility to simulate and train basic exercises and complete operations such as cholecystectomy, gastric bypass and sigmoid resection in virtual environments. With this innovative technology, medical students and aspiring surgeons can improve their skills and prepare for everyday clinical practice.

Surgeons have the opportunity to complete a comprehensive multi-stage training program consisting of introductory, basic and intensive courses. An accompanying scientific concept is used to continuously evaluate and compare the training methods in order to constantly improve the course concept. HeiCuMIC offers clinical students a unique opportunity to gain more than 20 hours of hands-on experience in minimally invasive surgery by completing the clinical elective module. In addition, students can be trained as tutors in a Further Module and actively participate in the scientific side of the teaching research. Experienced peer tutors are available as contact persons to facilitate the introduction to scientific work. In this way, scientific work is promoted early in the studies and the Masterplan Medizinstudium 2020 is implemented with regard to participatory teaching research at eye level. A particular focus is on introducing students to the writing of systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

For more than two years, the Minimally Invasive Surgery Section has been organizing the "Sectio Chirurgica" together with the Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology of the University of Heidelberg and the student council of the Medical Faculty. This event offers students a unique opportunity to watch live surgeries on body donors. The aim is to integrate preclinical and clinical teaching while focusing on teaching research and digital technologies in medicine. In this context, all procedures are introduced by lectures specifically tailored to the students and are performed interactively using state-of-the-art communication technologies. Students are actively involved in the event to gain a better understanding of the surgeries.

Minimally Invasive Surgery teaching and training research takes a scientific approach that goes beyond simply evaluating existing training methods and modalities. The goal is to train future surgeons in the best and most efficient way possible. To this end, the department relies on innovative approaches such as the development of new training systems, the further development of existing methods, and the integration of the latest technologies into the training setting. The organization and implementation of HeiCuMIC, a significant project in this area, is the responsibility of PD Felix Nickel, M.D., MME, specialist at the Clinic for General, Visceral and Transplant Surgery and scientific head of teaching and training research at the Minimally Invasive Surgery Section and the Training Center.