Friday, November 02, 2007

Serious Games Measuring Proficiency Of Surgical Skills

Serious Games to acquire advanced skills in a self-paced environment

Via: METI Medical Education Technologies, Inc.

The METI SurgicalSIM VR brings together medical education and the new standard curricula to deliver a virtual-reality training tool.
SurgicalSIM VR provides an expandable surgical platform available with advanced life-like surgical anatomy and advanced intracorporeal suturing and knot-tying exercises.

Its ability to record the learner’s performance during each session offers immediate review and feedback for developing surgical skills.

After Action Review

Working With The SurgicalSIM VR

SurgicalSIM VR provides two specific learning modes that allow a Program Director to create learning modules to best support the learner, and a third mode reserved for the administrator.

This flexibility allows the director to objectively measure and assess an individual learner’s progress and helps to ensure each competency is met and mastered.

Administrator Mode: In this mode, the Program Director can create specific learning tracks for individual learners. By giving the director this kind of flexibility, he or she can set parameters that establish specific competency standards that will prevent the learner from progressing to the next exercise until the competency is met.

METI SurgicalSIM VR offers the surgical community a full-spectrum and expanding learning system that allows the novice, the advanced resident and even the practicing surgeon the ability to develop and test their technical, cognitive, and medical decision making skills in a safe environment

Learner Mode: In this mode, learners are permitted to utilize the simulator in a self-directed session that moves at their own pace. Each exercise includes an introduction, educational content, and both a real and simulated video clip of the specific procedure. Each exercise in the Learner Mode must be mastered before the system will allow progression to the next exercise.

Mentor Mode: Like the Learner Mode, the Mentor Mode provides access to an exercise introduction, educational content and both a real and simulated clip of the specific procedure. But what makes this mode different is that the learner can access exercises in any order to work on strategies for specific concepts and skills he or she is having difficulties with, on their own or with a mentor. This allows the mentor (or learner) to isolate problem areas and repeatedly challenge the learner until the competency is met.

The true educational value of the SurgicalSIM VR comes from the open nature of the system that allows for experiential and multilevel training. Using this one system, a novice learner can progress to expert levels with clearly defined data that measures the learner’s progress every step of the way.

In addition, the learner’s proficiency is measured during the exercises and can be dramatically improved with repeated practice, helping make the learner more effective and efficient as his or her competence increases. By compiling performance data over time, the Program Director can objectively assess the learner’s proficiency in several areas.

About METI

Based in Sarasota, Florida, Medical Education Technologies, Inc. (METI®) has
been in the business of interactive human patient simulation since 1996. infant patients as well as exam and surgical simulators.

Each METI simulator is designed to simulate bleeding, breathing, talking, linking and numerous other physiological characteristics to replicate various medical emergency scenarios including heart attack, drug overdose, vehicular accidents, effects from weapons of mass destruction, bio-terrorism and other traumatic injuries.

More than 2200 organizations worldwide utilize METI’s technologies including leading medical schools such as the Mayo Clinic, Harvard, UCLA, Cleveland Clinic, Mount Sinai, Stanford and others. METI is a consolidated subsidiary of L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL).