- Medical Device Companies:
- Sales rep education- insures they understand their product, present it properly, and do not sell “off label”
- New Product launch- Marketing/sales to surgeons/institutions, new technology requires
- Competitive exposure- Sales to surgeons/institutions, to show the benefits and differences between currently used systems
- Surgical Apprenticeship- When a novice surgeon learns an established procedure under supervision, better to try it on a cadaver first than a live patient!
- Continuing Medical Education (CME)- hands-on training on an anatomical specimen is an attractive learning format for Surgeons who wish to maintain their licenses, maintain competence and learn about new and developing areas of their field
- Hospital credentialing and privileging of surgeons- Documenting the skills of a Surgeon or other healthcare professional is particularly important for new technology (e.g. Robotic endoscopy systems)
- Surgical Innovation and Research-When a pioneering surgeon seeks to innovate and develop a new technique, conducting this research in a cadaver specimen is the first most accurate replication of how it will work in a live patient.
Without bioskills training there are potential risks to the patient from a healthcare professional learning a procedure ‘on the job’. New techniques may be associated with higher rates of surgeon-related complications. For instance, it has been shown that poor surgical exposure and technique in hip replacement can lead to suboptimal implant orientation and subsequent early failure. If these skills can be acquired and practiced in a bioskills simulated surgery environment, then patients are obviously not at risk during this learning process, and the healthcare professional’s competency is greatly improved before treating a live patient.
* Some of these benefits will differ from Associate member vs. individual member (see membership details)
As an institutional member, your pledged organization will be listed on the ABLE website and you will be permitted to use the ABLE Institutional Member Logo on your website and other marketing materials. This will let your clients, and the public-at-large, know that you are fully committed to laboratory excellence! ABLE institutional membership also grants your organization (2) individual memberships (a $250 value) at no additional cost. Individual members are entitled to vote during elections and on key issues, run for board seats, participate in committees, gain access to supplemental guidance documents, and much more. The annual cost for institutional membership is $1,000. For more information about ABLE, institutional membership, individual memberships, or the ABLE guidelines (which are published, and accessible at no cost, even to non-members), please visit the ABLE website (www.ablebioskills.com) or contact the association through firstname.lastname@example.org
If you own and/or operate a Bioskills facility, you are probably already well aware that there is little to no regulation or published guidance available to ensure that your organization is providing the best possible learning environment as well as maintaining an adequate quality system. ABLE sought to change this by first establishing a set of guidelines which are published and available at no cost. ABLE now offers Institutional Membership to organizations that are committed to implementing the ABLE Guidelines for best practices within their policies and procedures. An organization seeking this membership must sign the ABLE Institutional Membership Pledge, attesting to its efforts to abide by the established Guidelines. Bioskills facilities should take advantage of any opportunity to advance their perceived professionalism. Becoming an institutional member of ABLE and sharing with the world that they have made a pledge to follow best practices, is a worthy addition to any Bioskills facility’s list of qualifications.