23-S101 Simulation – Creating Avatars for Health Education – Bin Zheng


Instructor: Bin Zheng
Course Date: January 16, 2023 to February 17, 2023
This course takes place from 4:00 PM to 4:59 PM:
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

Course ID: 23-S101 Category:

Registration begins December 05, 2022 @ 10:30.

Every health student needs to learn numerous healthcare procedures before providing services to patients with confidence. Health skills, ranging from giving a muscle injection to helping with baby delivery, are conventionally learned on the bed-side of patients. At the U of A, we have developed “Avatars” to protect patients from being involved with skills training. Health students have increasing opportunities to practice health skills in the simulation lab without compromising the quality of patient care. In this course, we will overview simulation development, discuss the role of avatars in health education, and introduce cutting-edge technologies behind simulation design. You will learn our efforts in searching for synthetic tissues, making 3D anatomic models, and creating training scenarios in virtual reality. Didactic lectures and in-class demonstrations will be provided for learners. We will discuss the barriers and challenges of integrating simulation to healthcare, and will be happy to receive comments and suggestions for future simulation development.

Instructor:  Bin Zheng

Different from most medical research focusing on patients and their health problems, Dr. Bin Zheng put surgeons under the spotlight. Explicitly, Dr. Zheng studies performance and cognition of surgeons during surgery, especially in the image-guided and remote manipulated surgery, such as endoscopic and robotic surgery. As an engineer with full training in medicine, Dr. Zheng tries to understand surgeon’s eye-hand coordination and decision making under stressful environments such as operating rooms and emergency rooms and designs the training system to support our surgeons. Currently, Dr. Zheng is an Associate Professor in Surgery and holds the Endowed Research Chair in Surgical Simulation position in the Department of Surgery of the University of Alberta. He collaborates with surgeons, engineers, clinical educators, and psychologists to develop simulators and evaluate educational outcomes of simulation-based programs. His long-term goal is to prompt the use of simulation in surgery for improving care quality and patient safety.

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