Simulation Spotlight
Sep. 23, 2015

MIT's new system can convert MRI scans into 3-D printed medical models
Over the last few years, there has been something of a 3-D printing revolution within the world of academic hospitals, and from Brazil to China we've seen fantastic 3-D printed surgical models that are used to greatly improve the chances of surgical success. These 3-D printed models are usually based on CT or MRI scans to provide an accurate replica of the particular medical issue within the patient's body, enabling surgeons to carefully prepare every step before cutting you open.More

Interprofessional simulation aids communication
Educators are heeding the call for more interprofessional learning opportunities, where medical, nursing and pharmacy students and other members of the healthcare team learn from and with each other. "We're trying to improve the amount of teamwork and make it more realistic with what they are going to experience in clinical practice," said Mike Jacobs, DNS, RN, director of the University of South Alabama simulation program in Mobile, which provides interdisciplinary simulation two to three times a week to medical, nursing, pharmacy and allied students. More

Gender imbalance persists at teaching hospitals
Academic medical centers suffer from a major gender gap that will only continue to grow unless leaders acknowledge the problem, according to commentary published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Gender imbalances persist throughout the healthcare industry as indicated by a widening wage gap and underrepresentation of women in clinical research trials, which can endanger women's health.More

E-health and the battle against heart disease
Dorothy L. Tengler
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. About 26.6 million adults have been diagnosed with heart disease, which kills more than 600,000 people each year. The number of people who go to the hospital for heart disease every year is about 3.7 million. On average, these people stay in the hospital for 4.6 days. And a whopping 12.4 million people make heart disease-related visits to their physicians every year.More

New model uses athletic, musical coaching techniques to train elite surgeons
They won't inspire standing ovations in concert halls or wild cheers from rabid fans, but a medical school educator thinks that surgeons trained like professional musicians or athletic teams can become better performers in the surgical arena. The Conducting Elite Performance Training in Medicine model developed at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston incorporates coaching techniques used in elite sports and music into surgical simulation and education, according to an article from the university. More

A quantum lab for everyone
University of Vienna via
A virtual laboratory allows, for the first time, to actively engage with topical quantum physics. The novel learning environment was developed at the Faculty of Physics at the University of Vienna in collaboration with university and high school students. In time for the start of the new term, the virtual quantum lab is freely available online. The new teaching concept has been published in the journal Scientific Reports. More

Survey paints positive view of telemedicine market
Scott E. Rupp
HIMSS Analytics recently published a new report, "Essentials Brief: Telemedicine Study" — a survey of health IT executives that finds an increase in the adoption of telemedicine solutions and services, from 54.5 percent in 2014 to 57.7 percent in 2015. Small, but sizable. FierceHealthIT reports that the Web-based study included responses from nearly 270 executives, IT professionals, clinicians, department heads and ambulatory physicians.More

Coding productivity, new secondary diagnoses, could cost healthcare big after ICD-10
Healthcare Finance News
As ICD-10 approaches, healthcare providers are worried that lapses in coder productivity could cost them money, according to an Advisory Board Company report. Providers refer to a 50 percent initial drop in productivity when Canada moved to ICD-10 in 2003, said the Advisory Board, citing a study done by Humber River Regional Hospital in Ontario.More

Surgical students get real-world experience with mock C-section
Students in the surgical technology program at Miller Motte Technical College in Virginia got a chance to put their education to the test recently with a mock surgery. "They get a chance to, before we get into the O.R. and have a real-life patient, be able to see exactly all the steps that need to happen," said Dr. Jerry Lucas of Centra Southside Hospital, who led the students.More

CAE Healthcare president takes center stage at Florida simulation summit
In front of a riveted central Florida audience for a daylong conference highlighting the area's most successful and innovative companies within the simulation industry, CAE Healthcare President and CEO Dr. Robert Amyot held center stage during the Medical Simulation Panel discussion as he addressed the evolution of healthcare through simulation-based training and risk-free learning solutions.More

Artificial intelligence may predict remission, resistance to certain breast cancer drugs
Medical Daily
In a study published in Molecular Oncology, Dr. Peter Rogan and his team of researchers at Western's Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry describe how they're using artificial intelligence to predict a patient's response to two common chemotherapy medications — paclitaxel and gemcitabine — used to treat breast cancer. The researchers found through genetic analysis of their tumors that patients with the same type of cancer tended to have different reactions to the same medication. More

Midwifery program teaches pregnancy untrasounds with new simulator
Daily Titan
Tucked inside the Kinesiology and Health Science building, across the hall from the sounds of sneakers squeaking against the gymnasium floor, lies a seamless copy of a hospital known as the Cal State Fullerton Nursing Simulation Center. Inside the center is a room lined with hospital beds occupied by adult-sized dummies whose faces are contorted in various states of distress. This is the home of a new ultrasound simulator.More