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Methodist to open national training center for treatment of cardiovascular disease

Houston, TX - 12/15/2010

The Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center has established a unique national training center for surgical and interventional treatments for cardiovascular disease, the number one killer of Americans.

"This gift provides us the resources to build an Institute that will serve as a special training ground for practicing medical professionals who are dedicated to the effective treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease," said Dr. Alan Lumsden, Medical Director of the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center in Houston. "In addition to providing didactic training, the collaboration has partnered with the Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Education (MITIE). We are using simulated high-risk patient care environments to train teams in a virtual world, to optimize the care and treatment of patients."

The new Institute, in partnership with MITIE, will include a procedural skills lab, oratory, advanced robotic surgical and endovascular training suites, and a virtual hospital for hands-on training with industry's most advanced technology so that physicians, surgeons and other healthcare professionals can safely and effectively learn to use the tools that are driving medicine to higher standards.

This new Institute, called the Methodist DeBakey Institute for Cardiovascular Education and Training, will incorporate didactic work and interactive skills for medical teams from around the world. Experts will provide classroom cardiovascular disease-focused course work. Teams will then be able to work in a MITIE suite of virtual operating rooms and catheterization labs designed to provide procedural rehearsal before applying these techniques to actual patients.

The DeBakey Education Institute will expand the cardiovascular arm of MITIE, the 35,000 square-foot education and research institute at Methodist that houses a unique, highly advanced, hands-on, simulation-based training center that, over the last three years, has helped more than 3,000 physicians and their teams, across 15 different specialties, adapt readily to new technologies that are central to the optimal practice of medicine.

The didactic arm of the Institute will host traditional symposia, conferences and continuing medical education (CME) programs in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery. Classes will include the Total Endovascular series that is currently in its third year; the Cardiovascular Fellows Boot Camp; an EMS boot camp for emergency medical service providers; cardiac imaging symposia; thoracic transplantation; Pumps & Pipes, an annual symposium with oil and gas engineers, and other programs.

The facility will include simulated training in aortic repair, carotid endarterectomy, femoral popliteal bypass, off pump/beating heart coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), DaVinci robot-assisted surgical procedures, Hansen Sensei robot-assisted endovascular interventions. For a complete listing of upcoming courses and events, see www.methodisthealth.com/CardiovascularCME.

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