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Advances in Simulation in Head and Neck Surgery Using 3D Printing

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The University of Michigan runs a national simulation "boot camp" for trainees in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery throughout the country.  Our simulation weekend typically includes over 50 trainees and includes education and practice in management of life-threatening clinical scenarios which junior trainees may encounter early on in their training.  We have increasingly been utilizing additive manufacturing techniques to create higher fidelity simulators for both emergent clinical situations as well as surgical and procedural simulation.  Utilizing additive manufacturing has allowed us to create more accurate clinical models which our learners have rated as highly lifelike, while also keeping costs low and increasing consistency of the simulator.  Our simulators include novel models for practicing diagnostic procedures such as flexible laryngoscopy and flexible bronchoscopy, emergent life-saving procedures such as control of arterial epistaxis and emergent tracheotomy, and advanced surgical procedures such as endoscopic management of airway stenosis.  Many of these simulators integrate directly with advancing simulation technologies such as the Sim Manikin.  This talk serves to summarize some of the unique ways we have leveraged additive manufacturing in our medical simulation education.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe unique ways to utilize additive manufacturing technologies in a variety of medical simulation scenarios
  • Establish the basic infrastructure necessary to integrate additive manufacturing technologies into your institutional medical simulation education