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Saturday, March 12 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Stop the Bleeding! Immersive Simulations for Surgeons

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Surgery simulators let medical students experience the adrenaline rush of a real operating room in a way that practicing on a cadaver cannot. Blood and guts aren't new to gaming, and simulators aren't new to training. But when the game is played on the human body, it offers exciting new opportunities for medical students to perfect their hand skills before they ever see their first patient. At the Center for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning at Stanford, the lowest-performing students in a surgery simulator outperformed the highest-ranked students trained by traditional means. In this panel, we will briefly look at the history of simulation training, explore some simulator interfaces, experience a demonstration of a surgery simulator, and allow (at least) one lucky audience member to put his or her hand on the virtual knife. Panelists will discuss how what we traditionally think of as a game environment can be used to dramatically improve the training surgeons receive, change how surgeons receive accreditation—and ultimately improve their performance in practice.


David Chen

SensAble Technologies
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John Qualter

Cofounder, Dir of MediaBioDigital SystemsJohn heads up visualization and animation production at BioDigital for clients in the device, pharmaceutical and communications industries. He is also a research assistant professor at the Division of Educational Informatics at NYU School of... Read More →
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Frank Sculli

Cofounder, Informatics DirectorBioDigital SystemsFrank Sculli is the co-founder and Informatics Director at BioDigital Systems, a medical IT and simulation firm based in New York City. He has extensive experience in the development of advanced web based information systems, and is... Read More →
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Gregory Wiet

Assoc Professor, OtolaryngologyNationwide Children's Hospital/The Ohio State University
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Charlene Zvolanek

Dir of Experience DesignTeam One

Saturday March 12, 2011 9:30am - 10:30am CST
Hilton, Salon H

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