|Emory researchers will have a strong presence at this week's annual Medicine Meets Virtual Reality (MMVR) conference.
Current and former Emory faculty from a variety of medical disciplines, including surgery, urology and cardiology, are presenting study findings at the MMVR conference session entitled Simulation Applied: VR to OR; A review of Projects in Surgical Simulation, Friday, January 28.
"This is a significant meeting in the world of simulation and medicine, and we are proud to have such a distinguished representation," says C. Daniel Smith, MD, Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Division of General and GI Surgery, and Director of Emory's simulation program, Emory University School of Medicine.
"MMVR is a premier forum for scientists, physicians, engineers and clinicians who develop, refine and promote advanced, data-centered tools for clinical care and medical education," say Dr. Smith. "The conference stimulates interdisciplinary networking and discussion of the progress of simulation in medicine, and it gives participants a chance to share their experiences in research."
Emory presenters at MMVR are:
- David McClusky, III, MD, department of Surgery, VR to OR for Laparoscopic Cholecytectomy; - Kenneth Ogan, MD, Department of Urology, VR to OR for Flexible Ureterosopy and Laser Lithotripsy;
- Christopher Cates, MD, Department of Cardiology, VR to OR for CATH Lab for Carotid Angiography and Preliminary Results of the Carotid Stenting VR Simulations Training Program;
- C. Daniel Smith, Department of Surgery, VR to OR: A Multi-center Trial for L.C.
Former Emory researchers presenting Emory-based research at the conference are:
- Matt Ritter, MD, Proficiency-Based Simulations-Based Training for Suturing and Knot Tying in Nissen Fundoplication;
- Anthony G. Gallagher, PhD, Proficiency-Based Training on Simulators: Implications for Definition and Measurement of Competency
Emory faculty and researchers have been on the forefront of virtual training for the past eight years. The Emory Simulation, Training and Robotics Center (ESTAR) is the focal point of all simulation work at Emory. ESTAR is directed by Dr. Smith, a surgical simulation advocate who has been researching the field for the past twelve years. Dr. Smith is nationally regarded as a significant figure in the development and refinement of minimally invasive techniques.
"ESTAR is currently developing, validating and applying simulation-based educational tools, devices, curricula and robotics for use in medical education, training and patient care," says Dr. Smith.
Simulation technology and robotics is currently altering how surgeons develop skills and treat patients. "Simulation is an alternative to the standard methods used to teach surgical procedures; methods such as the practice on animal models or cadavers, observing or assisting a senior surgeon, and performing procedures under the supervision of an attending surgeon," notes Dr. Smith.
According to Dr. Smith, simulation has the potential for assessing and improving skills before they are used in the operating room (OR). "The use of robotics in the OR, from the performance of delicate procedures to surgeons robotically assisting one another remotely via Internet connections, is also being studied by ESTAR," he says.
ESTAR has more than $2 million in hardware, including two surgical robots, four virtual reality minimally invasive surgery trainers, an interventional cardiology simulator for coronary catheterization and stent placement, a flexible endoscopy simulator for colonoscopy and upper endoscopy, a urology simulator for endoscopic urologic procedures, and eight fully equipped endoscopic surgery imaging systems.