In October 2016, Professor Alain Cribier, a recent recipient of the European Society of Cardiology’s Gold Medal, will oversee the launch of the ambitious Medical Training Center project in Rouen. A firm believer in the benefits of real life training, the renowned cardiologist met with us to discuss the project’s launch and the importance of sharing expertise in a peer-to-peer setting.

How did the Medical Training Center (MTC) project begin?
The project was first developed around 4 years ago. As a result of my experience with various international training programs promoting expertise sharing via online simulation and video transmission, I was asked to take on the role of Medical Coordinator at the very beginning of the project. At the end of the day, we decided that the MTC would cover all surgical procedures performed in the University Hospital of Rouen.

In your opinion, do certain aspects of medical training in France today still fall short in their approach?
Unfortunately, France remains somewhat behind the times in terms of innovative medical training, although things are beginnings to improve. For example, the current expansion of medical biotechnology training centers – or medical simulation centers – is right in line with contemporary developments in French medical training, although these facilities have been commonplace in the United States and Northern Europe for decades.

Real-life training is essential when considering innovative techniques.

How does the Medical Training Center facilitate this kind of training?
The Center is equipped with numerous state-of-the-art resources, including simulation rooms and lecture halls, and, shortly, a facility for animals, while the building itself covers 3000 square meters across 3 floors. It’s an extremely ambitious project.

In order to enroll, participants in the training programs need to visit the Rouen University Hospital website, where they can consult the catalogue of available courses. Around 40 are currently available. They can also enroll in the training programs through Invivox.

Which specializations are the most popular?
It goes without saying that the Medical Training Center is a multidisciplinary tool. Having said that, I’d estimate that the most in-demand courses include cardiology, laser treatment in neurological surgery, and thoracic surgery using robot simulators, since robotics make up part of the applied training program in Rouen.

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Laryngeal reinnervation treatment for ENTs, ophthalmology and cataract surgery, and training linked to obstetrics and developments around diseases like endometriosis are also extremely popular.

What are your thoughts on the possibilities real-life training has to offer, especially when compared to other types of training (e.g. video training)?
Sharing knowledge rapidly and effectively is the fundamental philosophy of the Medical Training Center. Personally speaking, I’m a firm believer in the importance of this type of experience sharing. In my opinion, real-life training is essential, particularly when considering innovative techniques that have the potential to benefit the international medical community.

Peer-to-peer experience sharing is extremely important, but in order for this approach to be fully effective, it’s vital that it takes place within small groups. It’s for this reason that we chose to work with Invivox, who understand the project’s needs as well as the requirements necessary for expanding the training program abroad.

It’s very important to share knowledge peer-to-peer, and it’s vital to do it in small groups, in order for the sharing to be effective.

What are the keys to facilitating effective training?
In global terms, medical training generally takes one of three forms. First of all, there’s the traditional university education. Secondly, there’s education via mentoring or shadowing, which takes place within a particular field or sector. Finally, there’s a third, entirely newer type of education – training by simulation. As the name suggests, this approach is based around the use of simulators, described as electronic devices allowing users to recreate real-life situations.

This training model can be applied to all aspects of medical or surgical technology, which is simply staggering. As a result, training by simulation is just as important for students as it is for experts seeking to acquire new skills, giving it the potential to positively impact technical as well as interpersonal aspects of peer-to-peer training taking place at the Medical Training Center.

Want to find out more about available training days with the specialists of the MTC in Rouen?

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