TSDA Boot Camp 2019

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:

TSDA Boot Camp 2019 was held September 12th -15th at the William & Ida Friday Center, Chapel Hill, NC

Repeat Practice Yields Repeated Success for TSDA Bootcamp 2016


The Chamberlain Group Contributes to TSDA Bootcamp
for 7th Consecutive Year and Overwhelming Success

“The TSDA achieved its goal of providing 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. The Chamberlain Group’s role as an equipment supplier and exhibitor was essential to the program’s overwhelming success, and its support is deeply appreciated.”

Students from 40 different residency programs participated in the TSDA Bootcamp, a four day intensive introduction to the fundamentals of cardiothoracic surgery. These sessions allowed residents one-on-one interactions with highly dedicated faculty from across the country. Use of simulators for both the cardiac and thoracic sessions provided a platform for skills assessment, initial training, and a basis for ongoing deliberate practice. TSDA Boot Camp Program Directors this year included Drs. George Hicks, James Fann, Richard Feins, Jon Nesbitt, and Nahush Mokadam.

Visit the TSDA website for details on this year’s Boot Camp courses and more photos of the event.