Virtual reality training at Lakeland immerses surgical technology students in 3D operating room – News-Herald

Lakeland Community College’s Surgical Technology program recently acquired new software with the goal of giving students a feel for what it’s like to work in an operating room.

According to the program, PeriopSim and PeriopSimVR use realistic images and gaming technology to immerse students in a 3D world.

Simulation apps work when students don a virtual reality headset and grab the right and left controllers connected to a laptop loaded with the software.

Once “inside” the virtual operating room, students can visualize any number of surgeries, then pick up the correct instrument and place it in the surgeon’s hand.

Scores are kept to measure progress and success, giving students the chance to compete with themselves and with each other to do their best, officials confirmed.

“This helps our students develop the skills to anticipate the instrument that the surgeon will need,” said Janice Lawrenz, director of the Surgical Technology program at Lakeland. “This practice gives them confidence in their ability to become an important member of the surgical team. “

Other skills assessed include procedural steps and instrument recognition, noted Lawrenz. Spending 10 minutes in the PeriopSim program is equivalent to approximately two hours in a real operating room and prepares students for real surgical cases during their clinical placements.

The addition of this educational tool completes the program’s physical classroom and perioperative laboratory, which includes industrial-grade operating room equipment, surgical instruments, and a laundry room.

Community members are invited to attend a demonstration of the PeriopSim software on April 7 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. during the college’s health programs open house.

PeriopSim and PeriopSimVR were developed by Conquer Experience in collaboration with surgeons, nurses, educators, and neuroscientists to ensure accuracy and realistic learning outcomes. The company is based at the Health Tech Innovation Hub at Surrey Memorial Hospital in British Columbia, Canada.

In 2021, Lakeland’s surgical technology graduates achieved a 100% pass rate on the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting National Accreditation Examination and a 100% placement, officials confirmed.

The program is currently accepting new students.

For more information, contact Janice Lawrenz at or 440-525-7016.

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