State-of-the-art virtual simulators (see right) and a virtual in-house catheterisation laboratory to help physicians learn about the latest cardiac and vascular treatment techniques are just some of the educational facilities being offered by The Crossroads Institute for medical education, in Brussels, Belgium.
The Institute offers more than 70 courses on cardiac and vascular treatment and is able to gain CME accreditation for the majority of these. Since the Institute was founded, over 7,000 healthcare professionals have been familiarised with new cardiovascular and vascular therapy techniques, whilst over 13,000 have participated in the international and multilingual environment of the Crossroads Institute overall.
As cardiac and vascular disease management rapidly evolve, the Institute hopes to explore and respond to the most important unmet needs in medical education through the development of specialist courses. It is currently developing new educational programmes for healthcare professionals focused on improving the treatment of women with cardiovascular disease and the prevention of amputation.
The newly-formed committee of the Crossroads Educational Research Program notes that cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of mortality amongst women, killing more women annually than all types of cancers, HIV/AIDS malaria and tuberculosis combined.
The Crossroads Institute is supported by Abbott Vascular