When the Johnson & Johnson Institute in Irvine, California, opened in October 2016, it became the first of the company's 26 worldwide medical training facilities to call the West Coast home. Just over a year later, the center has already educated more than 2,000 healthcare professionals, including nurses and over 300 surgeons.
“We can do multiple surgical-based trainings here,” says Christian Patchin, Lab Manager. “When you step into our anatomy lab, it feels like you’re entering a real operating room, complete with suction, OR lights and audiovisual monitors. We’ve used it to perform heart dissections, total joint procedures, spine surgery training and more."
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“In many instances, customers don’t have time to travel to the Institute for training,” explains Professional Education Manager . “If we hear that a physician wants to gain more experience using the Actis® Total Hip System, for instance, we can put the instruments and model bones in the mobile lab and roll up in front of the doctor's practice a day or two later.”
“These model bones give surgeons an opportunity to practice basic techniques, learn how to implement certain instruments and demonstrate different techniques without any of the concerns over tissue storage, biohazard removal, ventilation or suction that you would have in a wet lab,” Plastow explains.
Here, Commercial Education Manager displays an ultrasound image and takes notes on the interactive screen. “Whatever I write on the board shows up on six different HD monitors around the room for all the students to see, which is really an improvement over an old-school pointer,” she says.
Beyond the technology, Williams says students also appreciate the classroom architecture, which was designed with two walls of windows to provide ample natural light and views of the lush green campus.
In this photo, McManus is working at a C-arm—a mobile medical imaging device used to provide real-time X-rays during surgeries. “I’m holding a guidewire here and using a targeting device to predict how deep a nail is being inserted into the bone,” he explains.
“It’s very rewarding to know that the education we provide enables surgeons to perform minimally invasive hip procedures that help patients who have bone replaced with metal implants to get up and walk the same day," Plastow says. "The staff here at the Institute work around the clock to make every training event successful. We are passionate about education because we see the results and the benefits of the training we provide.”
In an actual surgery, the surgeon inserts the catheter through a vein in a patient’s leg and guides it up to the heart. Magnetic technology similar to GPS enables the physician to track the progress of the catheter through the heart and visualize it on screen. The surgeon can then correct arrhythmias by delivering radio-frequency energy through the catheter to damaged (or “ablate”) cells that are causing the abnormal heart rate.
“I have been really impressed with the ability of the Institute’s instructors to train all types of learners—visual, auditory and tactile,” says Teresa Aboueljoud, a CAS in electrophysiology at Biosense Webster who has participated in training sessions at the Institute. “The instructors bend over backwards to give you whatever training you need.”