London Medical Education Academy is a UK based training company focused on affordable and ethical cadaver training as an alternative to using live patients.
Why Use Cadavers?
The study of human anatomy using cadavers dates back to roughly 300 BC, when the Greek physician Herophilus started to use dissection to understand human anatomy. Since then, cadavers have served as a major aid to education and research. For medical students learning anatomy and surgeons perfecting their instrument techniques, cadavers provide physical training materials. What’s more, human cadaver tissue can be used to gain important information about product development and use on human tissue before the device is used in clinical settings.
Human cadaver tissue is useful for medical device development for many reasons:
Cadaver labs are often equipped like standard operating rooms, providing a high-fidelity simulated environment for device use.
Without needing to worry about radiation exposure for a patient or live subject, researchers can study the placement of surgical equipment and implants in greater depth and detail.
There’s no perfect substitute for human models in the research and design of a device for use on humans. While animal models can be helpful for testing certain products, the anatomical differences between humans and, for example, pigs can impact device research.
Animals do not perfectly represent the physiological disease states of humans. For ailments that do not translate well into animal models, researchers need the human model for accurate testing results. In addition, animals can not consent to their use.
What about simulation?
Nothing existing on the market can surpass the benefits of training on what is refered to as fresh frozen cadaver tissue. (This means the body is frozen and then thawed before the course so that tissue is exactly the same without the changes formaldehyde and other embalming fluids make.)
The confidence a surgeon gains from working on real tissue is far beyond what the simulation can do.
By taking the learning curve out of the OR and into the lab, we reduce risk for patients.
Stop and Start
Only when working on cadaver can the surgeon and their tutors truly go through a procedure in detail. None of the considerations that would influence an operation on a live patient are needed: we can start and stop as needed, or start over. In addition, we can understand what happens if we push too far, cut too deep or get the anatomy wrong — all which is impossible to achieve in live teaching situations.
Change of mentality
In the old days a student would follow his/her teacher around for years, until they (under very close supervision) were allowed to make that first, shaky cut. This environment is long gone, and many students are not prepared for stepping into the OR (there are even tutorials online on how to get enough OR time). The Academy can provide a very different learning environment.
In addition, the amount of new innovation flowing into the medical field is overwhelming, an enormous increase from 100 years ago. Together, this forms a very different reality.
Medical devices are tested and taught on live patients, while we suggest it is better done in the lab where we can do no harm. This of course isn’t suitable for some procedures or products, but it is certainly possible more often than not.
Our attendees come from
These Countries: UK, FRANCE, GERMANY, SWEDEN, NORWAY, DENMARK, FINLAND, USA, CHILE, ITALY, SPAIN, THAILAND, AUSTRALIA,
ICS, BAUN, BAUS, RCOG, RANZOG, EAU, EUGA, IUGA, BAAPRAS, ISLASS,
These UK trusts:
Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Airedale NHS Foundation Trust
Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Barts Health NHS Trust
Bedford Hospital NHS Trust
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
Bradford District NHS Foundation Trust
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Countess Of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation TrusT
Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
East London NHS Foundation Trust
Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
Heart Of England NHS Foundation Trust
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust
Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Medway NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
North Bristol NHS Trust
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospitals Of Leicester NHS Trust
Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust