Simulation training increases popularity in the medical community

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GE Medical Systems and Denver-based Medical Simulation Corp. will offer healthcare professionals a simulation-training course on interventional cardiology at the new SimSuite center at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston.

It is the first training center for the GE Cardiology Master Series, a program that provides cardiologists and technologists a means to learn new methods in interventional cardiology. The hospital is home to the Texas Heart Institute.

The two-day course uses the SimSuite system developed by Medical Simulation Corporation to safely and effectively teach clinicians in the growing area of minimally invasive surgical procedures. Opening this fall, the center is available to St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital physicians and staff as well as the national medical community.

Learning new procedures with the latest imaging technologies and medical devices, participants are trained in a risk-free setting using a simulated patient, known as Simantha.