Bioskills Surgical Training Models

Cadavers for surgical training have been around for centuries and provide medical education value. However, the inefficiencies and complications, their lack of supply for surgical training, compounded by increased demand related to the barrage of new minimally invasive (MIS) implant technologies launching into the medical device market, poses a great challenge for medical device companies providing adequate surgical training the world over.


Bioskills describe the practice of simulating a medical environment for the education of healthcare professionals, for teaching, studying, training, researching the gross structure of the human body, or performing medical or surgical procedures. Bioskills replicate the patient experience through human or animal anatomical specimens (cadavers, whole, or in part), medical simulators, or synthetic models.


Using cadavers entails great resourcefulness and poses many complications. Due to ethical concerns and their bio-hazardous nature, using cadavers for surgical training is logistically limiting and must be performed at a dedicated facility. Limited supply, and the complex theater catered around cadaver training, make cadaver use incredibly expensive. Bioskills simulators, on the other hand, pose no biological hazards, are limitless in supply, and can be used anywhere for training; their efficiencies and anatomic focus make them highly cost-effective as well!

A surgeon’s time is a precious commodity. Training attendees, predominantly surgeons, must give up precious office time or weekends to attend bioskills training labs. The scheduling of cadaver training is hectic for the medical device company organizing the event, and it’s costly -Operating room space, staff, specimens, and medical equipment must be rented, and the orchestration of hotel and food accommodations quickly drives up added costs. It’s estimated that 25% of the registered guests don’t even show up!

The COVID19 pandemic is probably the biggest driver towards simulated bioskills training. With access to hospital/training facilities closed due to social distancing mandates, the pandemic made cadaver training nearly impossible and presented an incredible challenge for medical device companies worldwide.

Hospital lockdowns due to COVID19 are not going away, and unfortunately, the risk of further lockdowns is of top concern for medical training. Thus, medical device companies are in a predicament and scrambling for better, safer, and improved medical training solutions.

When a medical device company has no means of demonstrating its medical devices or providing surgical training education, the promotion and surgical education wheels come to a screeching halt.


Surgical training manufacturers like Encoris are poised to replace cadaver usage by developing and manufacturing state-of-the-art #bioskills training models. These revolutionary bioskills trainers come with many benefits over cadavers; pathology-specific, unlimited supply, less costly, train-anywhere flexibilities, and ultrasound and x-ray friendliness are just a few of the many benefits. Bioskills simulators are significantly accelerating the launch and training of new implant technologies!

Where COVID19 shuttered medical device companies due to lockdowns, they are beginning to make greater and better strides with bioskills training modalities. With the advancement of bioskills training models, healthcare professionals can now continue much-needed and required surgical training in the comfort of their office, classroom, hotel, and trade show venues.

MDs, surgeons, dentists, and highly-skilled nurses rely on bioskills training to advance their careers and continuously practice their surgical training expertise. Bioskills training opens up “surgical practice” flexibility. Through advanced bioskills medical training simulation, healthcare professionals can continue honing skill-based surgical procedures, instrumentation familiarity, and anatomical learning.

With the evolution of bioskills in simulated surgical environments, now entire medical teams can receive hands-on, tactile surgical training. Bioskills training models effectively mitigate training risks while optimizing surgical timing and improving surgical outcomes for hospitals and, most importantly, the patient.


With Encoris’ 20+ years of medical modeling experience, and their expert knowledge of manufacturing practices and materials that mimic human-like qualities, they are helping medical device companies overcome the limitations and the inefficiencies of cadaver training.

Encoris’ customized bioskills products benefit medical device companies, providing a replicated OR experience without the limitations associated with cadavers. The flexibility of bioskills training models greatly opens more avenues for medical device companies to showcase their latest surgical innovations.

Using actual human anatomically correct CAD data, state-of-the-art technologies (sensors, light energy, magnetism), and manufacturing and material wizardry providing a life-like feel and response, the line of Encoris surgical training alternatives provide medical device companies with a robust surgical training experience, heightening their sales and surgical training results.

Encoris realizes the value cadavers have contributed to the medical industry over the years. With a rapidly changing surgical training environment post COVID19, Encoris also understands the challenges cadavers create which is why we are continually focused on expanding surgical training innovation.

Encoris’ goal of continuous bioskills research and development and manufacturing unparalleled surgical device trainers is changing the global medical device market.


If you are looking for an alternative to cadaver training and want to speak with a company representative, Call an Encoris representative at 1-800-957-7137 or email regarding your medical model surgical education needs and requirements.


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