One of the most exciting things about surgery, is that it is ever changing. Each year new medical devices come into the market that simply changes the way we perform a procedure. It’s a dynamic environment that forces surgeons and their teams to be nimble. With the worldwide pandemic, everything we once knew about training has been forced to change.
One thing that is not going to change at AdventHealth Nicholson Center, is our commitment to excellence. While the physical environment might have some modifications, our passion for education and training has remained the same. Our goal is to simulate the OR setting as closely as possible. Our skills labs and mock ORs are equipped with the same surgical tools as you would find in one of our surgical operating rooms within the hospital. But now, with safety at the forefront, we have made some adjustments to how we will operate for the near future.
Nicholson Center will limit its class capacity to a maximum of 60 participants. This will allow us to practice social distancing during the lecture and mealtimes of an event. We are now shifting from buffet lines, to grab and go boxed meals. Our boxed lunches can still be customized, and hot options are available, so you are not stuck with only sandwich options.
When it comes to time in the skills labs training on the medical device, we will follow the same protocol we are currently following in our patient operating rooms. We will be requiring full PPE for all attendees and we will not be allowing more than eight people per station. Lastly, we are only utilizing tissue with a date of death prior to November 1, 2019. We are actively awaiting a test for COVID-19 for cadavers, but until there is a confirmed way of testing, we want to ensure our participants and staff are safe.
Lastly, we are lucky enough to have some of the most creative minds in AV working at the Nicholson Center. Weekly, we are coming up with new ideas on how to broadcast and provide remote learning opportunities to users around the world. Whether it be an interactive webinar, live surgical broadcast, or advanced proctor station, we are utilizing the technology currently available to enhance the educational experience.
As things continue to change, this will force us to think outside the box to be able to provide the same exceptional experience we have been known for! We are excited to see where the future takes the Nicholson Center.