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Project Brief

Open Computational Infrastructure for Surgical Skill Development and Assessment

Develop a novel combination of physics-based solutions, cost-effective hardware interfaces, open data standards, and teaching scenarios created by surgeon educators to create a prototype simulation-based training system for open surgery.

Sponsor: SimQuest LLC

1010 Wayne Avenue
Suite 940
Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • Project Performance Period: 11/1/2007 - 10/31/2010
  • Total project (est.): $2,760,522.00
  • Requested ATP funds: $2,000,000.00

Simulation-based training is gaining credibility in medical education as a major factor in ensuring patient safety. Simulations that accurately convey the look and feel of surgical procedures have been developed for minimally invasive surgery that uses laparoscopic devices and remote-control manipulation of instruments, but the majority of surgical procedures are performed through open incisions. Currently no simulation-based trainers meet the need for open surgical training. SimQuest has proposed a project to build a simulation-based training system for open surgery by combining recent innovations in real-time, physics-based software simulations and cost-effective haptic force-feedback hardware with open data standards and teaching scenarios created by surgeon educators. The goal of the SimQuest project is a complete, affordable, open-surgery simulation system that will meet the needs of medical educators, provide a path for addressing the growing U.S. healthcare burden through better training of physicians, and reduce the risk of preventable medical errors. The system also will open up new markets for American manufacturers of high-tech hardware and create entirely new markets for surgical instructional software to run on an open-standards simulation platform.

For project information:
Bob Waddington, (301) 587-9440

ATP Project Manager
Prasad Gupte, (301) 975-5062

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