“Here in the Berkshires, we are blessed with a community of innovators and entrepreneurs who have helped build, guide, and drive the regional economy for generations. As we focus specifically on women in business this month, it’s important that we similarly recognize the vibrant culture of women entrepreneurs that are here, right now, creating incredible businesses and opportunities in the region. These women are creating products, becoming thought leaders, and playing integral roles in the regional economic ecosystem. With that in mind, we’d like to shine a spotlight on some of the incredible women with whom we’ve had the pleasure of engaging and working in a variety of capacities at 1Berkshire, to help highlight the great things they are bringing to reality.” read more
Join featured speaker Lisa Chamberlain as she shares insight on what it takes to transform an innovative idea into a successful business model. Friday, October 4, 9:00am at the Williams Inn, Williamstown, MA
The Chamberlain Group has contributed innovative tools for medical learning to TSDA Boot Camp each year for the past 10 years. The course provides an experiential foundation and crucial hands-on practice in basic CT surgery operating skills – valuable experience for surgical residents and faculty alike . While Boot Camp 2018 was cancelled due to a hurricane, this year’s event engaged 60 cardiothoracic surgery residents. The result? Aspiring surgeons are now better prepared to enter the operating room at their home programs.
The Heart Cases and Pocket Vessel Anastomosis Trainers used at TSDA Boot Camp were developed by The Chamberlain Group in collaboration with Dr. James I. Fann, MD. A pioneer in the field of immersive and simulation learning and TSDA Boot Camp Program Director, Dr. Fann 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 Heart Case, a portable, safe, and cost-effective training platform for repeat and deliberate practice. Heart Case: Case Study
In the years since its inception we continue to evolve this product line:
- New Heart Case accessories for MIS and other procedures
- Customized Heart Cases and aortic roots for valve implantation training
- Economical pocket sized task trainers for practice anywhere – Pocket Vessel Anastomosis Trainer and replaceable vessels
TSDA Boot Camp 2019 was held September 12th -15th at the William & Ida Friday Center, Chapel Hill, NC
A Couple Schooled in Special Effects Make Their Mark in Medical Models
-By Evelyn Battaglia
INSIDE a nondescript building on the stretch of Main Street connecting
Great Barrington with Sheffield is a bustling enterprise where thousands of intricate mimetic (“imitative”) medical models have been designed, manufactured, and shipped across the U.S. and to more than 50 countries around the world for use in simulated surgical training.
In any given year, between 200 and 400 pieces are produced in this location, says Lisa Chamberlain, co-founder with her husband Eric of The Chamberlain Group, celebrating its 20th anniversary. Seventy percent of the company’s revenue comes from commercial entities such as pharmaceutical and biotech companies, as well as medical device suppliers like Johnson & Johnson. …
iBerkshires, Monday March 11, 2019
Region 1 Science Fair Encourages Student Research
Lisa Chamberlain delivered the keynote address to aspiring students at Western Massachusetts Region 1 High School Science & Engineering Fair. The event was held in the Amsler Campus Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on March 9th. Chamberlain spoke on the importance of taking chances and the how the synchronicity between fields of thought fuels innovation.
“The great doctors and the great engineers know that the boxes that are divided up provide definition but that reaching beyond the boxes and making those connections between seemingly disparate topics, using their wit and their guts,… [this] is what sets them apart from their peers,…”