TSDA Boot Camp 2017

2017 TSDA Boot Camp was held Sept. 14-17, 2017 in Chapel Hill, NC.

As an ongoing contributor to TSDA Boot Camp The Chamberlain Group is always delighted to hear news of another successful program. We would also like to offer a hearty Congratulations! on the program’s 10th anniversary. TSDA Boot Camp provides incoming residents with an experiential foundation and hands-on practice in basic cardiothoracic operating skills so that they are better prepared to enter the CT surgery operating room at their home programs.

Understanding that success in medical training hinges on tools that are as functional, durable, and accessible—as they are anatomically accurate—is central to The Chamberlain Group’s approach.

The Heart Cases we supplied to TSDA Boot Camp 2017 were originally developed by The Chamberlain Group in collaboration with TSDA Boot Camp Program Director Dr. James I. Fann, MD. Dr. Fann is a pioneer in the field of immersive and simulation learning and Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center. He approached us with the premise that limited exposure and visualization, compounded by technical complexity, had adversely affected resident training in mitral valve surgery. With this in mind he envisioned a heart trainer that was anatomically accurate and compact enough for travel. The Chamberlain Group delivered, designing and manufacturing Heart Case as a portable, safe, and cost-effective training platform for repeat and deliberate practice in basic cardiac operative skills. Heart Case: Case Study

In the years since it’s inception we continue to evolve this product as opportunities arise, developing:


Life-like Hearts with Replaceable Coronary Vessels Allow Cardiac Residents Repeat Practice of Anastomosis


CABG HEARTS for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Training

CABG sites in the epicardium of mimetic-tissue heart

Suturable artery segments embedded in the epicardium of our CABG Hearts allow repeat practice of coronary vessel anastomosis.

Results may be preserved and presented to mentoring faculty for review and progress assessment. Each of these Native Coronary Artery segments may be used a number of times and then replaced, allowing years of training with a single heart. All our CABG Hearts are realistic soft heart models with  highly detailed exteriors, extended vasculature and lifelike atrial appendages.

Replacement Native Coronary Vessels and suturable Graft Vessels (representing a harvested internal mammary arteries or saphenous veins) are available in a number of different durometers and diameters.



feature a detailed interior consisting of four hollow chambers with ventricular septum, trabeculations and papillary muscles. Annuli for the four heart valves are present. Does not include valve leaflets.


is a durable option for procedures not requiring access to the heart chambers. These models feature soft, solid-filled ventricles and atria, extended aorta, inferior and superior vena cavae, pulmonary arteries and veins, and atrial appendages.


our patented Beating Heart technology accurately simulates systole/diastole and allow control of heart rate. These hearts require, and are animated by, our Beating Heart Controller and a regulated source of compressed air. (Wall air, if regulated to 70 psi, may be used.)


indicates the product package includes a Beating Heart Controller and an Air Compressor.


represents a patient of average body type (adult about 5’7″ [170 cm] or less). Heart is approximately 5″ [127 mm]atria to apex X 3.5″ [89 mm] wide X 3″ [76 mm] anterior to posterior.


represents a patient with a larger body type (adult over 5’8″ [173 cm]). Heart is approximately 8″ [210 mm] from atria to apex X 4.5″ [114 mm] wide X 4″ [102 mm] anterior to posterior.


designed for use in our MICS Thorax Trainer to provide a realistic environment and access for minimally invasive mitral valve repair, annular ring placement, and CABG procedures. Replaceable Left Atria feature options for delicate Prolapsed Mitral Valves with (or without) Chordae and Papillaries, or healthy valves.


feature replaceable and suturable Right Atria and Aortas which accept cannulae placement, suturing, and pressurized fluid flow to 180 mm-Hg. Aorta is configured to allow cross-clamping and antegrade cardioplegia introduction.


suturable, replaceable Native Coronary Artery segments embedded in the epicardium of a CABG Heart—allow repeat practice
of coronary vessel anastomosis.



Heart (Patent) with CABG Sites (#1253)

Heart (Non-patent) with CABG Sites (#1260)

CABG Beating Heart (#1295)

CABG Beating Heart with Ancillary (#1339)

Larger Adult CABG Beating Heart (#1431)

Larger Adult CABG Beating Heart w/ Ancillary (#1450)

MICS Mitral CABG Heart (#1390)

MICS Mitral CABG Beating Heart (#1427)

MICS Mitral CABG Beating Heart w/ Ancillary (#1413)

MICS Mitral Larger Adult CABG Heart (#1406)

MICS Mitral Larger Adult CABG Beating Heart w/ Ancillary (#1407) 

MICS Mitral Larger Adult CABG Beating Heart (#1412)

Cannulatable Larger Beating Heart + CABG Sites (#1451)

Cannulatable Larger Heart + CABG Sites (#1455)


ECMO Simulation with Perfusion Beating Heart Trainer

Dr. David Grant demonstrates sternotomy, retraction, and cannulation on The Chamberlain Group’s Perfusion Beating Heart Trainer (#1362) and Retractable Sternum. This video was part of  Dr. Grant’s keynote address Collaborative Frameworks Improving Healthcare at IPSSW 2017.

Our patient mannekin, paired with a Perfusion Simulation System such as Califia or Orpheus™, offers a fully immersive, high-fidelity, point-of-care ECMO simulation for CPB team training. In collaboration with Dr. Grant we have been extending the capabilities of the trainer and continue to explore opportunities to expand its range.

Product Details

Perfusion Beating Heart Trainer Brochure

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Complete Your Team and Bring the Virtual Patient Off the Screen for Emergent Cardiopulmonary Bypass Training. Our Perfusion Beating Heart Trainer with Cannulatable Beating Heart makes physical the physiological data expressed by your Perfusion Simulator, reproducing the movement and rhythm of the patient’s cardiopulmonary system within a ventilateable and operative anatomical torso.


Pocket Vessel Anastomosis Trainer Brochure

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Developed in conjunction with the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association (TSDA), the Pocket Vessel Anastomosis Trainer provides surgical learners with a platform for deliberate practice of anastomotic skills in a safe, repeatable environment. This compact and convenient Trainer fits into the resident’s lab coat pocket and can be used outside of the simulation lab environment.