perfect your skills


  • 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!


FORTE European Orthopedic Summer School in Faro, Portugal
Exclusive simulation course for 18 participants only

Thanks to our vast experience in surgical simulation, the laparoscopic training center is part of the international faculty at the Second European Orthopedic Summer School. It will take place in Faro, Portugal from 28th August – 1st September 2017. The Federation of Orthopaedic Trainees in Europe (FORTE) offers 2 simultaneous courses of 5 days. They include over 30 hours of lectures, an international expert panel, paper presentations and are a real European Ortho gathering with various social activities. The course is a full-package event and covers all the main orthopaedics themes: Basic sciences, spine, upper and lower limb, paediatric orthopaedics and tumors.

Exclusive simulation workshop for only 18 participants

In addition to the vast scientific and theoretical background, there will be a practical simulation course. Guided by experienced lapcenter instructors, trainees enhance their surgical skills on VirtaMed virtual reality simulators. The VirtaMed knee and shoulder arthroscopy simulator offers complete arthroscopic surgery training, and the F.A.S.T. module trains the basic skills needed to perform procedures later on. The workshop covers the setup of the arthroscopic tower and troubleshooting, motor skill training tasks, essential arthroscopic skills exercises, and complete diagnostic and therapeutic arthroscopic interventions.

Date: Friday, 1.9., 12:45 - 20:00 and Saturday, 2.9., 9:00 - 19:30

Course fees: EUR 100.-

Registration deadline: Friday, August 11!

The international expert panel of the European Orthopedic Summer School:

  • Dr. Paulo Oliveira, Portugal (Lead faculty member for the FORTE courses in Faro and Porto)
  • Dr. Charles Riviere, United Kingdom (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre and researcher at Imperial College London)
  • Dr. Jasmin Diallo, Switzerland (Consultant from the Cantonal Hospital in Basel, Switzerland)
  • Dr. Danny Ryan, United Kingdom (President Elect of FORTE)
  • Martina Vitz, PhD, Switzerland (Simulation and education specialist from the Laparoscopic Training Center in Zurich, Switzerland)