"Although laparoscopic surgery is being practiced worldwide for the last 17 years, yet the opportunities for a structured training to teach and train laparoscopic skills lack across continents.
I had nurtured a dream for a long time to establish a centre of excellence for Laparoscopic Training in the Department of Surgical Disciplines, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India. This turned into reality when I met Prof. Gerhard Buess during my visit to Germany in July 2006. Prof. Gerhard Buess expressed his concern about lack of proper structured hands - on skill training in the field of minimal access surgery and the idea of establishing a training centre at AIIMS, New Delhi evolved. Dr. V.K. Bansal, Professor in Surgery, had an opportunity to visit and work closely with Prof. Buess's Minimally Invasive Surgery Training Centre in the University Hospital of Germany thus maturing the whole process of establishing such a centre in New Delhi.
26th March, 2007 should be deemed a red-letter day in the history of Department of Surgical Disciplines, AIIMS, New Delhi, when the Centre was established with the State of the Art Minimally Invasive Surgery Training Centre within the Department of Surgical Disciplines, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. Richard Wolf, Germany, has donated all the equipment and instruments for the Training Centre through an educational grant.
The training course helped me in all areas that I was previously unclear about, laparoscopic suturing knotting teaching was superb. I never thought I will be able to suture laparoscopically so nicely. We learnt many type of laparoscopic extracorporeal as well as intracorporeal knot by Dr V K Bansal. Overall it was a awesome session and i learnt alot. Thanks to all supporting staff also.
"Dr. Anshu Bhutani"
We can clearly call the simulator training a huge success. The participants were motivated and carefully completed the given program on the simulator. The simulator has been in use almost any time. Since then, I have conducted several laparoscopic surgeries with course participants, and both them and myself noticed a huge progress in their laparoscopic skills. The vast experience of Dr. Manjunath in the area of simulation has been extremely helpful. In total, the course has been very valuable and has been highly appreciated by all participants. Some of the residents of our institution who could not take part have been very disappointed. I would absolutely support a second round of this course again in the future.