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A patient is rushed into the emergency room suffering from multiple injuries. Doctors must work quickly, making split-second decisions. Before facing this scenario in real life, doctors-in-training at The University of Arizona College of Medicine practice life-saving skills in the new high-tech Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center. To reduce errors, medical simulation technology offers opportunities for health care providers to perform all types of medical and surgical procedures without risk to patients.

ASTEC hosts the annual Cardiology Fellows Endovascular Simulation Training Course
February 2017

ASTEC and the Arizona Mayo Multidisciplinary Simulation Center co-hosted the first
annual Cardiology Fellows Endovascular Simulation Training Course that featured 11 industry partners for interventional cardiology technologies and devices. The event provided a safe environment for cardiology fellows statewide to develop muscle memory and procedural instincts. The course included the latest technology in medical simulation for cardiology, including various virtual reality training systems and a pericardiocentesis task trainer developed in ASTEC’s artificial tissue lab. This workshop will continue several times each year and will alternate sites between ASTEC and Mayo. 

Read more here: http://deptmedicine.arizona.edu/news/2017/ua-and-mayo-team-improve-heart-care-treatment

ASTEC conducts a real-time interprofessional medical simulation with Oxford University
October 2016

ASTEC partnered with the Arizona Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program and Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP) to demonstrate interprofessional team-based training that combines simulation and distance learning technologies. At this event, an interdisciplinary team of students in Tucson responded to a cardiac arrest scenario by following the directions of a team leader and additional participants located at five remote sites in Arizona.  In addition, global attendees at Oxford University in the United Kingdom were able to participate in the exercise in real-time through ATP’s video conferencing technology. The event was a success by demonstrating how to not only engage learners in remote locations in simulation-based training but also by highlighting the ability to facilitate simulation events from a distance.

ASTEC hosts control site for Leadership Education Advanced During Simulation (LEADS) study
September 2016

As a part of a grant funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHEQ), ASTEC was designated as one of four control sites for the national Leadership Education Advanced During Simulation (LEADS) study. The aim of the study was to validate the national leadership curriculum designed for OB/GYN and Emergency Medicine residents. Under the direction of Vivienne Ng, MD, ASTEC provided a variety of scenarios on high fidelity mannequins to evaluate leadership under stress. Dr. Ng worked directly with the primary investigators at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) to successfully complete the study. Following validation, the national leadership curriculum for residents will be implemented throughout OB/GYN and Emergency Medicine residency programs across the country.

ASTEC and ECE team up with the University of North Carolina (UNC) on a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop augmented reality for medical simulation
September 2016

Jerzy Rozenblit, PhD, head of the Model Based Design Laboratory at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has secured a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to continue our collaborative work to design a Computer-Assisted Surgical Trainer (CAST). The objective for the next phase of development will be to design and implement an intelligent, adaptive guidance controller for surgical space navigation and to implement visual guidance techniques through augmented reality. The ultimate vision of our team is to create a smart training environment that will promote surgical training through haptics-based guidance of optimal instrument movement. Training and comparative studies using CAST will begin in 2019 under the leadership of Allan Hamilton, MD. The CAST will be used in conjunction with the development of the BeingThere Centre, an augmented reality lab at UNC, spearheaded by Henry Fuchs, PhD.

ASTEC exhibits 3D printing lab at STEAMworks Showcase
April 2016

ASTEC displayed its use of 3D printing technologies for creating medical simulation training modules and artificial tissue models at the annual STEAMworks Showcase. STEAMworks is a one day event hosted by the University of Arizona that showcases Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math in action. High school students and UA undergraduates get hands-on experience with real-world science applications. ASTEC demonstrated ways in which 3D printing technologies can be used in innovative ways to create medical training devices that allow trainees to practice medical procedures in a risk-free environment. Students were invited to learn to suture using a suturing pad made from artifical tissue and a custom-made chassis. The goal of the showcase is to inspire students through the exploration of diverse STEAM applications and to stimulate interest in science careers.

Photo credit: Wilbur Wildcat