Synaptic Design Brings Laparoscopic Skills Trainers to New Simulation Center in Uganda

Our team has been working hard to bring our low cost surgical skills trainers to the newly formed simulation center in Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda.


Medjules are a suite of modular trainers intended to objectively asses skills such as knot-tying, suturing, and tool articulation. Each new skill comes in the form of a modular top to be attached to the universal base.

Like a 3D game of "Operation" meets "Simon Says", the tool articulation task tracks speed and accuracy while transferring metal rings from one S-shaped post to the next. This Medjule records the frequency and duration of error each time a ring touches a post.


Medjules are being developed for use within the University of Minnesota curriculum. For more information on Medjules, please contact