Healy SE, Rai BP, Biyani CS, Eisma R, Soames RW, Nabi G . Thiel embalming method for cadaver preservation: a review of new training model for urologic skills training. Urology. 2015 Mar;85(3):499-504

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The use of endourology training models is on the rise. Surgical practice is moving toward a more minimally invasive approach and deficits in surgical exposure by enforcement of the European Working Time Directive call for simulation models to be anatomically sound. Thiel-embalmed cadavers have been found to demonstrate efficacy in tissue quality, elasticity, and handling in addition to playing a role in teaching and training. This review summarizes the current status of the Thiel method and its role in urologic skills training.