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The Centre of Excellence for Simulation Education and Innovation

CESEI Research

The Research Division of CESEI is composed of talented researchers with outstanding ideas and projects.

The fundamental motivation is to develop advanced surgical technologies and procedures, assessing their efficacy and cost effectiveness, transfer them to the operating theatre and facilitate their commercial development.

Our research is multidisciplinary, and in addition to CESEI, includes the Departments of Surgery, and Medicine, Division of Educational Support and Development (Faculty of Medicine), Department of Mechanical Engineering (Faculty of Applied Science at UBC), Faculty of Computer Science (McGill University, Simon Fraser University), School of Engineering Science (SFU,UBC), Centre for Minimal Access Surgery (CMAS) at McMaster University.

The industry partners committed to collaborate in these projects are MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates (MDA), Intuitive Surgical and Medical Education Technologies Inc. (METI).

Efforts and Products

Some of the completed research projects include:

  1. Eye-tracking for Surgical Skills Assessment and Education (RCPSC funded project, 2010-2011)
  2. Eye-tracking for Examining Vigilance of Surgeons in the Operating Room during Laparoscopic Procedures (SAGES project, 2010-2011)
  3. Quantitative ergonomic assessment of NOTES: a study of physical and mental workload, body movement and posture (In cooperation with Dept. of Surgery, University of Maryland at Baltimore) (NOSCAR funded project, 2009-2010)
  4. Dual-task approach to assessment in surgical education (2005 - 2007)
  5. Comparison of computer assisted instruction (CAI) vs. traditional textbook method in training for abdominal examination (Medical Education 2004, 38: (1080-1088)).
  6. Evaluating the effectiveness of computer-assisted learning module in the context of UBC Medical School Curriculum (paper presented at the ACMC Annual meeting in Halifax, April 2004)
  7. Model for evaluating the instructional effectiveness with different cohorts (paper presented at the 11th International OttawaConference on Medical Education, Barcelona, July 2004)
  8. The effect of structured training outside of the operating room on laparoscopic knowledge and skill acquisition (study in progress on the effectiveness of a curriculum for laparoscopic surgery trainingof residents)
  9. Effectiveness study of a multimedia Basic Surgical Techniques training module for clerks (proposed study using the model for evaluation with different cohorts)
  10. Quantitative measures of transfer of training and validation of laparoscopic surgical simulators (paper presented at the MMVR Conference, Newport Beach, California, 2003)
  11. Objective multi-modal surgical performance analysis (paper presented at the SAGES Annual meeting, Denver, March 2004)
  12. Cost-performance trade-offs in the design of force-feedback surgical simulators (experimental platform presented at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, New Orleans, 2004)
  13. Collaborative project with Centre for Minimal Access Surgery, McMaster University: participation in the Canadian Surgical Support Network, Canada Health Infoway
  14. Collaborative project with Interventional Cardiology Program, UBC on development of a Remote Controlled Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.
  15. Collaborative project with University of Calgary Advancing Robotics and Surgical Simulations
  16. Collaborative project with McGill University on the Design for Multi-Modal Symbolic Displays