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Orthopedic Case Study – St George’s

Orthopedic surgeons at NHS St George's Hospital were seeking more exposure to hands-on, data-driven learning opportunities to shorten the learning curve of surgical training.

Background

Even prior to the pandemic, orthopedic surgeons at NHS St George’s Hospital in the UK were seeking more exposure to hands-on and data-driven learning opportunities to shorten the learning curve in surgical training. Access to cadaver labs and practical training was, and is still, limited. There was a clear need for a training tool to bridge the gap and maintain development in their orthopedic program.

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The Business Challenge

Our orthopedic simulations were deployed with our HapticVR™ technology incorporated to create the precise sense of touch needed for surgical approaches and procedures. This allowed the surgeons to acquire new skills and accelerate the necessary skills transfer.

St George’s surgical trainees were tasked with using Fundamental Surgery’s simulations to learn the steps and skills of procedures and improve their performance. The trainees were able to perform each step of the surgery, receiving real time feedback as they progressed through the procedures. Our simulations accurately measured angles, depths, and efficiency of movement in a fully immersive space – allowing for repetition and the development of muscle memory. This data was then compiled into our Data Dashboard, allowing the trainer and trainee to track progress and identify areas of strength and improvement.

At NHS St George’s, our platform has now been mandated as part of the orthopedic training program. All Junior Orthopedic Research Fellows, Core Trainees and Orthopedic Registrars are able to access and utilize Fundamental Surgery on a regular basis.

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Results

Supervising consultants are now able to review their cohort’s data dashboard, alongside individual dashboards, to monitor progress. At the end of the placement, supervising consultants can then issue CPD certificates as our platform is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England. As part of the Deanery Training days, Fundamental Surgery can also be used to elevate didactic and cadaveric sessions.

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