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AO Foundation multipurpose virtual surgical simulation trainer

This AO Strategy Fund project is an important milestone in the further development of AO as a world-leading provider in the field of postgraduate medical education.

 The focus is on:

  • ​Multipurpose virtual reality simulations for training

    The development of a platform to incorporate high-fidelity (ie, most lifelike) simulation scenarios is being undertaken in a research project with a number of external partners. Using existing training platforms, critical portions of procedures are mimicked in a realistic setting. Ultimately, this enables surgeons to improve operational performance. 

  • Metrics development (wizard)

    The aim is to generate an automated process for the creation of surgical simulation to ensure the consistency and accuracy of the surgical simulation. This includes a defined way of characterizing procedural steps and of defining and validating metrics that can be used to assess a minimum level of competence for the trainee.

  • Transferring simulations to various platforms

    The aim is to prove the simulation's cross-platform transferability by taking scenarios developed on the high-fidelity simulator and transferring them to a variety of other platforms. This is an important step to prove the concept of exchangeable hardware-platforms and to ensure the future broad distribution and availability of simulations developed by AO to our surgeon network.