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To the Amsterdam Skills Centre

More than four hundred years after Rembrandt visited an anatomy lesson and created his world-famous painting, we reveal the Amsterdam Skills Centre for Health Sciences only a few miles from where the operational theatre of the famous Dr. Nicolaes Tulp once was.

On average, it takes more than 30.000 hours of learning...

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State of the art skills centre

State of the art skills centre

Top European Skills Centre, training and educating multiple thousands of people each year.
Spacious wetlabs & drylabs

Spacious wetlabs & drylabs

Spacious mulitfunctional wet labs, 12 fully equipped OR-stations on 500m2.
Multipurpose meetingrooms

Multipurpose meetingrooms

Large classrooms with the latest AV and streaming options. Room for up to 200 pax.
Work, lounge & lunch

Work, lounge & lunch

Plenty of space to work, lunch, lounge and relax. Including bar and large terrace.

Courses

TaTME course

TaTME course

15-16 May 2019
ASC
Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision (TaTME) is a promising technique for difficult mid and low rectal tumours. This new down-to-up approach is technically demanding and is associated with a relative long learning curve with the potential of TaTME specific complications such as urethral injury, nerve damage and pelvic side wall injury. The TaTME course has an intensive two-day program including live-demonstration and hands-on cadaver training enabling surgeons to become familiar with the ins and outs of the TaTME technique with a focus on patient safety.
Stryker MIS Spine Solutions

Stryker MIS Spine Solutions

15-16 May 2019
ASC
Advances in Technologies and Techniques: MIS Spine Solutions. This Stryker Product Training Event will provide education and training in the safe and effective use of the following Stryker products: MIS portfolio, Sonopet & Navigation, the surgical procedures in which such products are used, and/or the disease states that can be treated with such products. This is an interactive course with one day didactic and one day cadaveric lab training with high calibre international faculty.
Penile Inversion Vaginoplasty

Vaginoplasty

09-10 May 2019
ASC
Together with European instructors from leading gender clinics we will guide you as a surgeon in learning step-wise performance of a penile inversion vaginoplasty. We will offer you a combination of lectures, state of the art instructional videos and hands-on cadaver dissection supported by a 3D anatomical model of the pelvic region. In addition, surgical team members will participate in multiple breakout sessions directed by experienced physician assistants, pelvic floor physiotherapist and sexologists from leading European gender clinics. The breakout sessions will cover the pre, peri and post-operative care. For more info visit our website:
Stryker Fragility Fractures

Stryker Fragility Fractures

14-15 March 2019
ASC
Participants can expect a highly interactive course based on case discussions and according cad lab activities in small groups. They can experience and discuss new surgery assistance technologies for hip fractures (ADAPT) and the new locking methods for the tibia (with T2 Alpha).

Expert opinions

Thanks to the close collaboration between VUmc and AMC, the Amsterdam Skills Centre will be a new academic landmark.

We see this state of the art facility as a unique partnership between university, industry and NGOs in an innovative melting pot.

Stuart Silk

President Stryker Europe

The skills of surgeons and other medical professionals, who are trained with simulators, turn out to be higher than the skills learned via traditional methods. Virtual learning environments are essential to improve surgical skills and to render healthcare more sustainable.

Hans Romijn

Chairman Amsterdam UMC

Amsterdam already has a sound track record of academic medical teaching for hundreds of years. Right here, almost 400 years ago Rembrandt painted his famous 'anatomy lesson'.

Now again Amsterdam is building the next generation medical learning platform, based on a complete new way of learning and teaching.

Jaap Bonjer

Chair Dept. Surgery Amsterdam UMC

News & Events

Prime Minister Mark Rutte and mayor Femke Halsema visit ASC
8 March 2019

Prime Minister Mark Rutte and mayor Femke Halsema visit ASC

On the 6th of February the Mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema, invited our prime minister to tour Amsterdam and they started the day at the brand new Amsterdam Skills Centre. The Amsterdam Skills Centre (ASC) opened its doors on 4 February. The training centre offers medical specialists and other health care professionals from all over the world an innovative learning environment with 12 high-tech operating rooms, operating robots, virtual reality simulators and educational facilities. With this 'new way of learning skills', the ASC develops faster, safer and more efficient training modules that enable medical specialists to handle surgical interventions in a short period of time.
Why Amsterdam
30 January 2019

Why Amsterdam

Amsterdam UMC opens High-tech Medical Training Centre
28 January 2019

Amsterdam UMC opens High-tech Medical Training Centre

The Amsterdam New Way of Learning Skills
9 September 2018

The Amsterdam New Way of Learning Skills

About Us

About ASC

More than four hundred years after Rembrandt visited an anatomy lesson and created his world-famous painting, we reveal the Amsterdam Skills Centre for Health Sciences only a few miles from where the operational theatre of the famous Dr. Nicolaes Tulp once was.

The ASC vision on training

On average, it takes more than 30.000 hours of learning and practising on the job before one is allowed to operate independently and lead a surgical team. Almost four times more than is required to train a helicopterpilot, or three times the time it took Jimi Hendrix to become the world’s best guitar player.

The ‘training on the job’ programs need to be replaced by high quality, time efficient and low cost ‘training off the job’ programs. The rapid progress of digital resources varying from e-books to virtual reality training with haptic feedback, feasibility of telementoring, the advances of artificial intelligence allowing decision support and image guidance and the availability of novel techniques to preserve human tissue provide the components to build a new training off the job curriculum, a ‘New Way of Learning’, which will enable the novice to master abilities and the expert to maintain abilities through a lifelong learning cycle.

The ASC way

Building a New Way of Learning can only be done by working as a team across disciplines, across universities, across borders. The Amsterdam Skills Centre will provide some elements of the New Way of Learning: a state of the art operating theatre with 12 operating tables providing training of complex procedures on preserved human tissue, surgical robots, training on virtual reality simulators, virtual reality and video animations of interventions, a digital learning environment and conferencerooms for 200 people.

The ASC is an incubator for faculty from the Amsterdam University Medical Centre, other universities in the Netherlands, in Europe and far beyond. An incubator where people and resources are connected to build a New Way of Learning. The goal of a New way of Learning for the low and middle income countries is to build a scalable, low cost and mobile learning environment which can be implemented on-site. Teach the teacher courses will be provided at the ASC with the objective that these teachers will train others on site to become teachers.

The Centre: a new home for training

Health care professionals from the Netherlands, other European countries and from countries far beyond Europe will train at the Amsterdam Skills Centre. The ASC is a 3,700 m2 facility on 10,000 m2 land of AMC 15 minutes from Schiphol airport. The construction of the Amsterdam Skills Centre is officially opened on February 4, 2019.

Partnerships & Global Misson

The Amsterdam Skills Centre is a not for profit company which is fully owned by Amsterdam University Medical Centre. It has teamed up with Stryker, a global medical technology company, to set up the facility. Stryker has invested in the building of the centre and supplied the equipment for the training sessions.

Five billion people, two thirds of the global population, have poor or no access to basic surgical procedures such as Caesarian Section, laparotomy for acute abdominal disorders, groin hernia repairs and management of fractures. Annually more than 140 million additional surgeries should be performed to address the basic needs. This means that per minute 271 life and limb saving surgeries fail to be performed. The burden of surgically treatable conditions is greater than that of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria combined. More than two million surgical staff need to be trained to address the global need for surgery.

The Amsterdam Skills Centre is building the next generation learning platform to generate, apply & spread the knowledge about new ways of surgical learning, training & teaching - making a difference for all people, near and far, across all borders.

To address this mission the ASC teamed up with Stryker and has signed memoranda of understanding with Digital Surgery (develops interactive virtual reality animations of surgical and medical interventions), MOOG (develops medical virtual reality simulators for dentistry and cataract surgery) and Incision (develops video animations of surgical procedures).

The ASC invites all parties to participate, contribute or partner, and join us in this global challenge.

Courses

All courses Stryker courses
TaTME course

TaTME course

15-16 May 2019
ASC
Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision (TaTME) is a promising technique for difficult mid and low rectal tumours. This new down-to-up approach is technically demanding and is associated with a relative long learning curve with the potential of TaTME specific complications such as urethral injury, nerve damage and pelvic side wall injury. The TaTME course has an intensive two-day program including live-demonstration and hands-on cadaver training enabling surgeons to become familiar with the ins and outs of the TaTME technique with a focus on patient safety.

Stryker MIS Spine Solutions

15-16 May 2019
ASC
Together with European instructors from leading gender clinics we will guide you as a surgeon in learning step-wise performance of a penile inversion vaginoplasty. We will offer you a combination of lectures, state of the art instructional videos and hands-on cadaver dissection supported by a 3D anatomical model of the pelvic region. In addition, surgical team members will participate in multiple breakout sessions directed by experienced physician assistants, pelvic floor physiotherapist and sexologists from leading European gender clinics. The breakout sessions will cover the pre, peri and post-operative care. For more info visit our website:
Penile Inversion Vaginoplasty

Vaginoplasty

09-10 May 2019
ASC
Together with European instructors from leading gender clinics we will guide you as a surgeon in learning step-wise performance of a penile inversion vaginoplasty. We will offer you a combination of lectures, state of the art instructional videos and hands-on cadaver dissection supported by a 3D anatomical model of the pelvic region. In addition, surgical team members will participate in multiple breakout sessions directed by experienced physician assistants, pelvic floor physiotherapist and sexologists from leading European gender clinics. The breakout sessions will cover the pre, peri and post-operative care. For more info visit our website:

Stryker Fragility Fractures

14-15 March 2019
ASC
Participants can expect a highly interactive course based on case discussions and according cad lab activities in small groups. They can experience and discuss new surgery assistance technologies for hip fractures (ADAPT) and the new locking methods for the tibia (with T2 Alpha).
Stryker Mako System Certification

Stryker Mako System Certification

07-08 March 2019
ASC
This course will feature interactive learning sessions with dedicated surgeon faculty to explore robotic‐arm assisted partial knee, total hip, and total knee procedures with the Mako System. It will include a review of the preoperative planning and surgical workflow, as well as hands‐on training on the Mako System. Attendees will perform Mako procedures on cadaveric specimens, guided by experienced faculty.

Stryker Hindfoot course

13-14 May 2019
ASC
This course will be on midfoot & hindfoot procedures and will be led by a faculty of European experts. This course will be interactive and will give a lot of space to practicing on cadaver specimens and exchanging with the faculty on case discussions. Surgical approaches and soft tissues reconstruction will be our focus.

Upper Trauma Advanced Course

25 September 2019
ASC
This advanced Upper trauma course will focus on complex fractures of the elbow, proximal humerus and clavicle. It is led by a faculty of European experts and is meant to be highly interactive. The delegates will be able to discuss, in small groups, possible surgical approaches based on cases we will provide them and they will have to undertake the discussed approaches on the pre-fractured specimens during the cadaveric lab.

Stryker - Hand and wrist advanced course

24-25 October 2019
ASC
This course will focus on hand and wrist elective procedures (CMC and PIP arthroplasties mainly), as well as on complex hand & wrist fractures, and will be led by a faculty of European experts. This course is meant to be interactive, and we plan to have a lot of time dedicated to practice in the cadaveric lab and to case discussions. During the trauma session, the delegates will be able to practice on pre-fractured specimens and will be asked to discuss surgical approaches based on cases we will provide them.

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Opening ASC

Grand opening

Amsterdam Skills Centre for Health Sciences

February 4th 2019

ASC Grand Opening Program

271 – join us

Every minute 271 required surgeries fail to be performed for the 5 billion people Unable to access safe surgical care

The Amsterdam Skills Centre is building the Next Generation learning platform to generate, apply & spread knowledge about new ways of surgical learning, training & teaching – making a difference for all people, near and far, across all borders.

Participate, contribute or partner, and join us in this global challenge.

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