Vet Students Train with Simulators in New Lab at Cornell University

Vet Students Train with Simulators in New Lab at Cornell University

Did you know that the use of high-fidelity simulators is increasing rapidly for veterinary sciences? Check out these recent developments from Cornell University:

The Tetlow and Roy Park Veterinary Innovation Laboratory functions as a classroom and a workshop that will change the way veterinary medicine is taught. The laboratory was built with generous support from the Parks and the Triad Foundation, and is housed in Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM).

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The lab is the brainchild of Daniel Fletcher , a veterinarian and biomedical engineer who teaches and practices emergency and critical care at CVM and Cornell’s Companion Animal Hospital.

Fletcher the engineer was fascinated with the computer-operated human simulators used to train medical students to address symptoms such as rapid heartbeat and labored breathing. Fletcher the educator wondered why there weren’t animal simulators for veterinary students. He purchased a human simulator and began stripping it for parts. The first “smart” pet, a dog, debuted in 2010 . By 2013, Fletcher was heading a simulation center and helping to develop new manikin products!

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Generic Robotics Provides New Simutouch Simulators for Healthcare Industries

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Recently learned about a new company on the scene helping to develop new simulators! Generic Robotics got started with in Dentistry but is looking to expand into other healthcare areas soon.

SimuTouch is the first general purpose clinical skills training platform. It is based on a proven simulation software and hardware approach, which can be adapted for a wide range of clinical procedures. Generic Robotics produces training devices for clinical skills built around “haptics” – the science of touch feedback. Our dental training simulators have been developed in collaboration with leading universities and have been used by King’s College London and Portsmouth Dental Academy. We are now expanding into other medical and surgical fields, to bring our products to a wider audience.

Learn more at the Generic Robotics website today!’s IMSH 2016 Exhibit Hall Video Interview Recap

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Over the past few months has released numerous video interviews taken at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare’s 2016 San Diego based meeting. Did you miss any? Below is a recap of all the posted videos posted so you can learn more about the latest medical simulation product news:

By watching these videos you will have a better perspective about the latest medical simulation products and services!

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A History of Virtual Reality

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An interesting article caught my attention today covering a history of Virtual Reality. While we love the modern advancements of simulation technology in healthcare – we should reflect on the long history of virtual reality that has lead us to this recent adoption of technologies heavily utilized by other industries like aviation. Check out this snippet from a new article from RedOrbit entitled The History of Virtual Reality:

“Today, VR technology is big business in many areas of the tech, medical and military community. However, the technology is not a new one, as the term can trace its roots back more than a century. In fact, the first mention of virtual reality can be traced back to the 1860s, when 360-degree art via panoramic murals began to appear. While this may be a very archaic description of the term virtual reality, the future of the technology only gets better.

Simulators, which today are almost everywhere, were introduced in the 1920s. Early vehicle simulators may have helped bring about more futuristic systems that now include flight simulators, golfing simulators, spacecraft simulators, as well as simulation-based video gaming. In fact, Thomas A. Furness III would develop the first visual flight simulator for the US Air Force in 1966.”

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Short Video: Resident Education in Ultrasound Using Simulation and Social Media

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Earlier this month Dr. Jason Nomura posted a fast-paced 15-minute review of resident education in ultrasound training using simulation and social media on youtube. I have previously written about how social media has been effective in a nursing school, so I was eager to learn how it could play a part in resident training. This is a great short presentation on these two topics:

About the video: “There was a session at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine 2014 Annual Meeting focusing on education in Point of Care Ultrasound. There were several speakers and I was asked to speak on resident education, particularly to focus on simulation and social media and how it fits with EM Resident ultrasound education. This is a fairly large and broad area to cover in 15 minutes or less.

I chose to focus on how to simulation and social media can assist in education and deliberate practice to get learners to an “expert performance” level. The information may not be new to people who are familiar with simulation or social media. My goal was to show how these things can be helpful from a conceptual and design view for education. Also to provide information that you can use if you have to justify to others why social media or simulation is important to your educational program and why it should be supported.”

I learned more about Jason from his website

Jason T Nomura MD RDMS FACEP FACP FAAEM is a Board Certified Physician in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine.  He currently practices at a large tertiary care facility with over 160,000 annual Emergency Department visits per year.

Dr. Nomura serves as the Director of the Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Fellowship and the Associate Director of Emergency Ultrasound.  He also serves as educational and research Faculty for the Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine – Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine – Family Medicine, and Internal Medicine Residencies.

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Low Cost & Low Resource Healthcare Simulation Group

Are you interested in highlighting your work with or supporting the development of low cost or low resource simulation program or equipment? Then you must stop by

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Kam McCowan, Paramedic Intern & Simulation Technology Specialist, recently started LowCostSim.Org – a website dedicated to promoting Low Cost & Low Resource Healthcare Simulation program and simulator development. While still in the early stages, if you have interest in this topic Kam and this website are the place to be!

About the project:

“This website is an online home for anyone interested in promoting low-cost healthcare simulation, both open-source and commercially developed, and in expanding the use of healthcare simulation techniques in low-resource environments.”

Resources include a list of published articles revolving around low cost simulation development projects, a call for a Low Cost Build Competition for IMSH 2015, and a new discussion group.

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Simulation Video Games Will Change the World


Simulation video games continue to demonstrate the benefit of “play” when it comes to learning or experiencing the world around us. Whether you want to drive an 18-wheel truck, a 40-ton locomotive, fly a 747 jumbo jet, run a hospital, evolve a biological bacteria, or even build a city – there is an endless stream of video games to do all that and more.

Knowing that technology will continue to dramatically change the classroom, I believe it is only a matter of time before video games are utilized in many to most educational centers for career training. While most simulation games are currently based on vehicular manipulation – software like CliniSpace allow for learners to practice engaging with healthcare environments through team communication and management scenarios.

Obviously the level of reality ranges as much as the types of games available. Below the satire-based “Surgey Simulator 2013” offers an updated and even sillier form of the board game classic “Operation”.  In one of several ridiculous missions your goal is to do a brain transplant in a moving ambulance.

But contrast the above with the video below: a ten minute tutorial covering only part 1 of the military jet A10 startup procedures from the video game “Digital Combat Simulator”:

In the future, it will be faster and more affordable to add simulation to “on the job training” to reduce time necessary in more costly learning environments. Everything from engaging in a mock virtual trial to flipping burgers will be turned into simulated learning video games.

Take a look at the growing list of simulation video games on wikipedia, and consider where video games will take healthcare training in our near future.

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BBC Reviews Aviation Simulators

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Video games and simulation software designers have for years tried to make players feel like they are really part of the action.

As graphics and sound have improved a greater sense of realism is now possible but beyond the pretty pictures and rumbling soundtrack, how immersed in a virtual version of something can you get?

Marc Cieslak and Richard Taylor went on a quest for the ultimate in immersive simulated experience.

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Future of Simulation?

What is the future of Healthcare Simulation technology? Do you think facial expressions would benefit learners?  What about artificial intelligence? Post your thoughts!