Stryker and University Medical Center set up Amsterdam Skills Center

The aim of the center is to offer a faster and more effective training approach for medical professionals

On 4 February 2019 the new Amsterdam Skills Center for Health Sciences was officially opened. The new high-tech training facility enables medical professionals to learn and maintain expertise using the newest technologies and techniques.

The Amsterdam Skills Center (ASC) is a non-profit company owned by the Amsterdam University Medical Center. It has teamed up with Stryker, a global medical technology company with global headquarters in Kalamazoo (Michigan, USA), to set up the facility. Stryker has invested in building the 3,700 m2 center and has supplied the equipment.

The ASC is available for faculty from the Amsterdam University Medical Center, other universities in the Netherlands, and educational institutions worldwide.

A new way of learning

The aim of the center is to offer a faster and more effective training approach for medical professionals. On average, it takes more than 30,000 hours (circa 14 years) of learning and ‘training on the job’ before a novice is allowed to operate independently and lead a surgical team. This traditional approach can be replaced by high quality, time efficient and low cost ‘training off the job’ that uses state-of-the-art technology.

The new way of learning at the Amsterdam center will use digital resources varying from e-books to virtual reality training with haptic feedback, feasibility of tele-mentoring, the advances of artificial intelligence allowing decision support and image guidance, and the availability of novel techniques to preserve human tissue.

By Invest in Holland

Image Credit: Amsterdam Skills Center


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