Rush Team Finds Simulator Aids Surgical Training

March 13, 2017

Rush University Medical Center was awarded a $25,000 grant in 2014 by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery to create a project that would promote innovations in surgical education for orthopedic surgery residents. That project has recently finished, and the research team has found that the simulator they tested enables a rapid acquisition of skills for orthopedic surgery trainees.

Surgical skill development is important for orthopedic surgery residents. Many residency programs are turning to virtual reality simulators to help train residents, and a team from Rush wanted to see how effective a particular arthroscopy simulator was. They found that it indeed was effective at training test subjects and training them faster.

“Work hour restrictions, combined with an increasing demand for operating room efficiency, have established the need for alternative methods of surgical skill development,” says Rachel M. Frank, MD. “We are extremely grateful that the ABOS has provided us with the means to test a simulator.”

The Rush team is made up of Frank; Kevin Wang, BS; Eric J. Cotter, BS; Eamon Bernardoni, MS; Charles A. Bush-Joseph, MD; Bernard R. Bach, Jr., MD; Brian J. Cole, MD, MBA; Anthony A. Romeo, MD; and Nikhil N. Verma, MD.

A video and poster describing this project will be on display in March at ABOS’ booth at the largest orthopedic surgery conference in the world.