The current Orsi Academy has five fully equipped, hybrid OR’s which provide the latest technology and equipment necessary for multidisciplinary simulator training & dry-lab training. Additionally, all our operation rooms are fully equipped with gas-anesthesia to provide care during training programs on live porcine models. In order to reduce our animal lab use, all participants start their beginner training on simulators. At the institute we have one stand-alone Mimic Dv-simulator and three backpack simulators, giving the surgeons the chance to train and familiarize themselves with the ‘buttonology’ of robotic surgery, in a controlled environment. Our training robot systems comprise five Intuitive da Vinci robots including two Xi systems, two X systems and one Si system. Three of these systems have dual console set-up. Fire-fly technology & single-site technologies are available on all systems. Next to our robots, we have three laparoscopic towers, two of which have high definition view. On the upper floor, we have seating for 50-people in our auditorium and two additional fully equipped meeting rooms. AV installations are available, as well as free internet and Wi-Fi accessibility making live broadcasting possible from all Orsi OR’s. All these facilities can be rented for workshops, webinars or meetings. Contact us for more information.

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The new Orsi facility will contain four 350m² clusters, each housing four to six fully equipped training labs. Two clusters will be equipped for robotic surgery training, the others will be setup for training in other minimally invasive techniques. An auditorium with the latest audiovisual technologies, where up to 120 people will be able to attend lectures, watch livestreams of surgeries from around the globe, and contribute to discussions and debates in real-time. We’ll have multiple fully equipped meeting rooms, adaptable in size and suitable for 10-30 people. Lunch will be provided in a restaurant with soup bar, salad bar, cold dishes and hot meals available. A modern open office set-up will allow all stakeholders to work efficiently, either alone or in small groups. These facilities can also be rented. 

The training centre is being expanded and upgraded with the support of the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRD), the Flemish Agency of Innovation and Entrepreneurship  (VLAIO) and the province of East-Flanders. They are respectively investing  €5 916 810, €1 479 202 and €612 155 into the new building. 

Additional private funding is provided by the universities of Ghent and Leuven and the medical technology companies Medtronic and Intuitive Surgical.


Orsi Academy has its own e-learning platform, centralizing the best of existing educational content and making it accessible for approved users.

Step-by-step videos with explanatory textual information are provided in the video-library next to didactic material. Proctors can push specific content to course participants prior to the course or allow alumni to consult course material later on in their career. Next to these sections, links to a wide variety of discipline-specific literature can be found on the platform.

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