CSE Speaker Series – Dr. David Grow

On Friday, March 31 in Cramer 221 at 11:00 am Dr. David Grow of NMT will give a talk on an Overview of Recent Projects in the Robotic Interfaces Lab at NMT


Human-robot interfaces allow exciting new synergies for solving interesting engineering problems.  This talk will provide an overview of current projects with emphasis on current work related to the training of orthopaedic surgeons.  Orthopaedic training is a hands-on, motor skills-demanding surgical specialty. Historically, much of the technical learning occurs in the operating room (OR). This is an effective method of training for simple fractures or low-risk cases. For more complicated operations or high-risk situations such as spinal surgery, hand surgery, surgery with the potential for vascular or nerve impingement, etc., using the OR as an introduction to surgical techniques can introduce unnecessary risk. As of July 2013, prompted by the quality initiative set forth by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons (ABOS) and the Residency Review Committee (RRC) for Orthopaedic Surgery have mandated formal motor skills training outside of the OR. The ABOS and RRC believe that this training will enhance residents’ acquisition of basic surgical skills. Currently, no criteria has been established for hands-on training of surgical residents on common procedures used in each orthopaedic surgery subspecialty rotation. Some institutions have implemented qualitative evaluation methods, while others have purchased expensive robots for evaluation. To address this initiative, we have implemented low-cost, sensor-based modifications to common surgical instruments to quantitatively evaluate the surgical skills of orthopaedic residents.

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