Multi Institutional Experience with the Green Light Simulator
Transurethral resection of the prostate has been the gold standard in surgical
interventions for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and the benchmark for which
other surgical therapies for BPH have been compared to for several decades.
In recent years, minimally invasive techniques have been increasing in popularity.
One of the most commonly used minimally invasive techniques is the use of Green Light
in the surgical management of BPH.
Largely modelled from the field of aviation, the use of simulation has become
an integral part of medical training for both learning technical skills and improving
communication among teammates.
In resident education, appropriate use of simulators may provide residents
with confidence performing a procedure in a controlled setting, which can improve outcomes
and reduce variability on live patients. Simulation can shorten the learning curve and has been
studied in the training of a wide range of urological procedures.
The Green Light simulator was developed through a University of Minnesota’s
Center for Research and Education in Simulation Technologies and American Medical Systems.
Introduced in 2011, it reproduces the experience of performing a Green Light PVP
by Herlemann, et al. examined the simulator and demonstrated
face, content and construct validity of the Green Light Sim in a
Our study aims to evaluate the Green Light Sim at two teaching hospitals
utilizing a structured curriculum developed for the purpose of resident education.
his study utilized a structured curriculum to evaluate
the Green Light Laser SimTM V2.0 (AMS Research Corporation,
Minnetonka, MN, USA), in its ability to teach safety and efficiency principles to residents.
Urol Androl Open J. 2015; 1(1): 1-5. doi: 10.17140/UAOJ-1-101