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Lumbar punctures (LP) are complex, precise procedures done to obtain cerebro-spinal fluid from a patient for diagnostic purposes. Incorrect techniques resulting from inadequate training or supervision can result in sub-optimal outcomes. As tactile feedback is crucial for a successful lumbar puncture, this procedure serves as an ideal candidate for the(More)
BACKGROUND The applications of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) and laparoscopy are rapidly expanding. Despite this expansion, our understanding of the importance of haptic feedback during laparoscopic surgery is incomplete. Although many surgeons believe that the use of minimally invasive techniques eliminates force feedback and tactile sensation(More)
Rapid change is under way on several fronts in medicine and surgery. Advances in computing power have enabled continued growth in virtual reality, visualization, and simulation technologies. The ideal learning opportunities afforded by simulated and virtual environments have prompted their exploration as learning modalities for surgical education and(More)
The teaching and learning of surgery is a time-honored tradition based upon the "see one, do one, teach one" apprenticeship model. Recent improvement of this model has centered upon incremental change in skills teaching and testing and curricular development. Economic pressures have strained the resources of academic health centers and faculty responsible(More)
BACKGROUND Computerized human patient simulators (HPSs) have been used to improve diagnostic and therapeutic decision making. The goal of this study was to investigate the impact of HPSs and Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) on the development of trauma management skills and self-confidence in surgical interns. METHODS Three teams of interns completed(More)
INTRODUCTION The applications of Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) and Laparoscopy are rapidly expanding. Despite this expansion, the technology related to our understanding of the importance of haptic feedback related to laparoscopic surgery remains in its infancy. While many surgeons feel that the use of minimally invasive techniques eliminates force(More)
The incidence of operative procedures in a group of 374 cleft lip and palate patients was determined by a chart review. These patients were part of a long term study funded by the National Institute of Dental Research at the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic. The chart review provided a breakdown of the primary and secondary procedures performed on the(More)
In the United States, medical care consumes approximately $1.2 trillion annually (14% of the gross domestic product) and involves 250,000 physicians, almost 1 million nurses, and countless other providers. While the Information Age has changed virtually every other facet of our life, the education of these healthcare professionals, both present and future,(More)
BACKGROUND The Endotine Forehead device (Coapt Systems, Inc., Palo Alto, Calif.) is an implantable bioabsorbable fixation device designed to provide intuitive, multipoint, distributed tension and repeatable and predictable brow fixation during endoscopic and open browplasty. The purpose of this study was to evaluate early results in a series of endoscopic(More)