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ASTEC validates new Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery (ALS) expert skills tasks

May 2017

ASTEC has become a designated site for validation the new Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery (ALS) expert skills tasks. These expert tasks were designed to teach and evaluate more advanced laparoscopy skills that can be implemented as a supplement to the existing Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery tasks for the general surgery resident simulation curriculum. The expert tasks include: needle handling, offset forehand suturing, offset backhand suturing, confined space suturing, suturing under tension, and continuous suturing. In addition, ASTEC recreated the handmade task materials with CAD to standardize production with the use of 3D printing. The validation study continues under the direction of Iman Ghaderi, MD with ASTEC staff, including David Johnson, our current Biomedical Engineering Summer Intern.