Simulation: the key to train future surgeons

With simulation, physicians are placed in a setting that faithfully reproduces the clinical context in which they will have to operate. laporoscopic simulation weekFor this reason, simulation is the future of education in the field of colorectal surgery – says Dr. Antonino Spinelli, promoter of the “Laparoscopic Simulation Training Week” held last November at Humanitas University.

What was the content of the course held at Humanitas University?

Students, specializing doctors and surgery assistants had the opportunity to investigate different surgical techniques using advanced laparoscopic simulators that faithfully reproduced the anatomy of the abdomen. Each participant had a personalized agenda of simulations, based on its needs and its knowledge of the different surgery techniques.

During the training real surgical instruments have been used, while silicone models reproduced the anatomy of abdomen, making the simulation even more realistic.

Experienced physicians practiced also on a single-port model, that allows to introduce in the abdomen all surgical instruments through a single, minimum incision in the navel; a minimally invasive technique able to guarantee an optimal result from the aesthetic point of view.


Humanitas is a highly specialized Hospital, Research and Teaching Center. Built around centers for the prevention and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular, neurological and orthopedic disease – together with an Ophthalmic Center and a Fertility Center – Humanitas also operates a highly specialised Emergency Department.