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  • February 26, 2018 / New direction! //

    The courses are at the moment not available due to restructuring of The Laparoscopic Training Center Zurich. We are working on a new concept to ease the learning curve not only for manual skills, but for procedural know how too.

  • October 2017 / Jerôme Gapany completes TtT course //

    Our course instructor Jerôme Gapany just successfully passed the Train-the-Trainer course. We congratulate him on this success and are happy to have such a competent instructor in our team!

  • November 2017 / Surgical Mission Saarland e.V. //

    A lapcenter course participant does voluntary work on the philippines operating the poorest oft he poor. Donate today for this great mission!

  • Testimonials from successful courses //

    "The simulator has been totally busy every day for more than 10 hours per day, also on the weekends" (Dr. med. Toomas Ümarik, Tallinn, Estonia)

  • 2017 / "Flying Simulator" //

    Get a simulator for your hospital! For the duration of 3 months, participants can successfully complete a lapcenter basic course on-site, right at your clinic.

  • 2017 / Locations of simulators with lapcenter curriculum //

    You can take simulator courses based on the officially recognized lapcenter curriculum here: lapcenter Zurich, Cantonal Hospitals Lucerne and Zug, University Hospitals Zurich and Basle, CHUV Lausanne. Same as last year, participants receive a certificate over 35 CME (continuous medical education) credits from the Swiss Surgical Society at the end of each course.

  • 2017 / New courses - Register now! //

    Right now the next set of courses starts at the lapcenter. Join today!


Vendor Partners

Maya Bloch, Simbionix Ltd., Tel Aviv, Israel

Maya Bloch came to Simbionix in 2007 as the product manger for the LAP Mentor. Her responsibilities include product definition and characterization in order to provide capable MIS simulators of highest technical standard, as well a close cooperation with leading doctors and associations. 

These days Maya Bloch is also Simbionix product manager for the simulator systems VirtaMed HystSim and TURPSim as well as the learning management system MentorLearn. In this exciting position she contributes to the launch of a new system that implements simulation based learning curricula. 

Maya has received a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and Computational Biology from the Hebraic University in Jerusalem and an MBA (Master of Business Administration) from the Ben-Gurion-University, Isreal. Bevor entering the world of surgical training Maya Bloch worked as a software technician in the field of cellular communication. 

Tomas Ragnarsson, Surgical Science, Götebourg, Sweden

Since receiving a bachelor degree in Business Administration at the University Göteborg in 1990, Tomas Ragnarsson has always worked in the field of life science. Until 2002 he worked mainly for pharmaceutical companies (Astra, Zeneca, Merck, Bayer). Based on his interest in teaching and surgery he switched to the field of medical simulation in 2002. Currently he holds the positon of vice president in the sales sector at Swedish simulation tools provider Surgical Science. In this function he is responsible for sales, development and vocational training. 

Due to his extensive knowledge in the field of simulation, Tomas Ragnarsson is since 2005, together with Martina Vitz, Rachel Rosenthal and Dieter Hahnloser, part of the Virtual-Reality team within the AGC course in Davos. 

Dr. sc. techn. Stefan Tuchschmid, CEO VirtaMed, Zürich

Dr. sc. techn. Stefan Tuchschmid finished his studies as an electrical engineer at the ETH Zürich, Switzerland in 2005 with a masters degree. Already in 2001, at the age of 22, he founded his first (and still existing) company,, to finance his studies and gain real business experience. 

His doctoral thesis with the title "High Fidelity Surgical Simulator for Hysteroscopy" he wrote at the Computer Vision Lab of the ETZ Zürich (2005-2010) and he is the winner of the MICCAI Young Scientist Award 2007, Venture Leader 2008 and winner first prize awarded by Venture Kick as well as competitions with similar business concepts. As with any other serious entrepreneur Stefan Tuchschmid's passion is to bring ideas to life and products to the market.