Competitive juices surged as a multidisciplinary mix of fellows and residents participated in Cook Medical’s EndoWars challenge. The inaugural simulator competition was held Nov. 2-4 in Cook’s premier suite at the 2015 Vascular Interventional Advances (VIVA) conference in Las Vegas.
EndoWars is an educational opportunity for fellows and residents to practice endovascular procedures and refine their skills. The simulator competition tested participants’ abilities to successfully place a stent in the superficial femoral artery (SFA) in the shortest amount of time.
“The competition focuses on an SFA lesion and highlights the use of the Zilver® PTX® stent for this challenge, but fellows and residents are encouraged to come and spend time on the simulator and go through the various cases,” said Saumya, manager of the Vista℠ Fellows and Residents Education and Training Program.
First prize went to Mohammad Abbasi, 5th-year vascular surgery fellow at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. For his winning time, Dr. Abbasi will receive a proctorship with one of the VIVA board members.
Dr. Abbasi said he enjoyed the simulator challenge as well as his second attendance at VIVA. “The interaction with different specialties is unique at VIVA. You get to see how other specialties look at and handle the same issue,” the Levittown, N.Y., native said. “It’s also good to see what’s new in endovascular therapies.”
Second place went to Sandeep Krishnan, PGY-6 cardiology fellow at Cedars-Sinai in California. Dr. Krishnan said he appreciates when a company makes it a point to put on programs for fellows. “I felt like we had a lot of 1:1 time with faculty and with Cook representatives to learn more about PAD and ways to approach interventions,” he said. “I honestly felt that it was beneficial to our overall education and not just something to sell Cook products. This is a very altruistic stance that Cook has and, as a fellow, I have to say it means a lot to me to have these unique opportunities.”
Third-place finisher, Dr. Adam Tanious, PGY-3 vascular surgery resident at the University of South Florida, found the EndoWars competition to be very enjoyable and a valuable opportunity to practice SFA procedures. “It’s always fun to use catheters, sheaths, and wires on a simulator,” he said. “The competition aspect added significantly as it helped improved performance.”
Rounding out the top four was Mohammed Al-Natour, a vascular and interventional radiology fellow in the Cleveland Clinic program. “I am a big fan of endovascular simulation as a powerful adjunct tool for education about endovascular procedures as it helps achieve proficiency and improves trainee endovascular,” said the first-time VIVA attendee. “The competition did highlight this fact and was a great educational opportunity to practice SFA procedures in a stress-free yet very enthusiastic environment.”
The EndoWars challenge will be held at several upcoming meetings where there is high attendance of fellows and residents, including CRT (Feb. 21-24, Washington D.C.), SCVS (March 12-16, Las Vegas), and SIR (April 2-7, Vancouver, B.C.).
“EndoWars is an excellent opportunity for fellows and residents to practice endovascular procedures and refine their skills,” Saumya said. “If you are going to be at any of these meetings, please stop by the Cook booth, and take the EndoWars challenge!”
Drs. Mohammed Al-Natour, Mohammad Abbasi, Sandeep Krishnan, Adam Tanious are not paid consultants of Cook Medical.