3D Systems Develops Standardized Curriculum for Bronchoscopy in Collaboration with the American College of Chest Physicians

  • New module combines cognitive knowledge and skill-based training to augment clinical experience
  • Hands-on interactivity helps develop practitioner dexterity

ROCK HILL, S.C., April 12, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today an ongoing collaboration with the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) to develop a standardized curriculum for Bronchoscopy on the Simbionix BRONCH Mentor™ virtual reality training simulator.

The CHEST Standardized Curriculum Module for Essential Bronchoscopic Skills and Diagnostic Bronchoscopy is designed to provide an opportunity to learn and demonstrate basic skills, as well as clinical knowledge and informed decision-making. This new standardized training module combines the expertise of CHEST and 3D Systems, leaders in their respective fields, to provide the most relevant training and assessment within a realistic mode of practice.

“We are pleased to partner with 3D Systems to deliver a standardized interventional pulmonology curriculum, allowing individual programs to offer training that's been validated through CHEST's hands-on simulation programs,” said Nicole Augustyn, Senior Vice President of Education, CHEST. “This partnership is a strong example of CHEST’s commitment to providing essential education and resources at critical times for the chest medicine community.”

3D Systems experts have worked closely with CHEST course directors to combine theoretical material and clinical decision-making quizzes with hands-on simulation practice. The training modules include video tutorials and tasks that focus on bronchoscopic core competencies, followed by clinical segments in which cognitive and psychomotor skills are challenged and assessed as one entity for the first time. The curriculum covers the complete clinical workflow for patient evaluation based on the Practical Approach that includes initial evaluation, procedural strategies, techniques and results, and long-term management.

3D Systems and Beidestar Technology Development, Ltd., the company's distributor in China, will feature the Standardized CHEST Curriculum on the BRONCH Mentor at the upcoming 2016 CHEST World Conference in Shanghai, April 15-17, in booth 8.

About 3D Systems

3D Systems provides comprehensive 3D products and services, including 3D printers, print materials, on demand manufacturing services and digital design tools. Its ecosystem supports advanced applications from the product design shop to the factory floor to the operating room. 3D Systems’ precision healthcare capabilities include simulation, Virtual Surgical Planning, and printing of medical and dental devices as well as patient-specific surgical instruments. As the originator of 3D printing and a shaper of future 3D solutions, 3D Systems has spent its 30 year history enabling professionals and companies to optimize their designs, transform their workflows, bring innovative products to market and drive new business models.

More information on the company is available at  www.3dsystems.com

American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), publisher of the CHEST Journal, is the global leader in advancing best patient outcomes through innovative chest medicine education, clinical research, and team-based care. Its mission is to champion the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of chest diseases through education, communication, and research. It serves as an essential connection to clinical knowledge and resources for its 19,000 members from around the world who provide patient care in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. For information about CHEST, visit  chestnet.org.

Investor Contact:	Stacey Witten
Email: investor.relations@3dsystems.com

Media Contact: 	Timothy Miller
Email: Press@3dsystems.com

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