Every health student needs to learn numerous healthcare procedures before providing services to patients with confidence. Health skills, such as giving a muscle injection or helping with baby delivery, are conventionally learned at the bedside of patients. At the UofA we have developed simulation programs for skill training so medical students can practice health skills without compromising the quality of patient care. In this course we will overview simulation development, discuss its role in health education, and introduce cutting-edge technologies behind simulation design, including searching for synthetic tissues, making 3D anatomical models, and designing the virtual reality for different training scenarios. We will discuss the barriers and challenges of integrating simulation to healthcare. We will be happy to receive comments and suggestions for future simulation development.
Most medical research focuses on patients; Dr. Bin Zheng studies surgeons. He studies performance and cognition of surgeons during surgery, especially 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 a surgeon’s eye-hand coordination and decision-making under stressful environments such as the operating or emergency rooms, then designs the training system to support them. Dr. Zheng obtained his MD degree from China and practiced as a surgeon for 8 years before he immigrated to Canada in 1999. He obtained his PhD degree from Simon Fraser University in 2005. Dr. Zheng is an Associate Professor in Surgery and holds the Endowed Research Chair in Surgical Simulation at UofA. He collaborates with surgeons, engineers, clinical educators, and psychologists. His long-term goal is to promote the use of simulation in surgery for improving care and safety.