Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012
Leading a research project? Apply for grant funding
Residents, fellows and medical students who are leading basic science, applied or clinical research projects are eligible to apply for up to $2,500 in funding as part of the AMA Foundation's Seed Grant Research Program.
The program provides junior investigators with financial resources and professional development to encourage young physicians to pursue careers in medical research. Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded in the following three categories: cardiovascular/pulmonary diseases, HIV/AIDS and pancreatic cancer.
Applications are due Dec. 5.
Neurosurgery residents train on virtual brain simulator
Residents at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine's Department of Neurosurgery are the first to use NeuroTouch, a simulator that uses 3D software and handheld surgical controls to mimic an actual brain surgery.
The simulator also provides visual, touch and sound feedback to make the experience as real as possible, allowing residents to hone their skills on a high level but in the safety of a simulator. The simulator should also benefit patient care through its ability to create a 3D rendering of a patient's brain using MRIs, allowing residents and neurosurgeons to practice a procedure before the actual surgery.
"By giving residents and faculty simulation training as well as the opportunity to rehearse surgeries in the future, we hope to improve the safety and speed of surgery and to reduce the duration of training. This could translate into better outcomes for our patients," Joshua B. Bederson, MD, professor and chair of neurosurgery at Mount Sinai, said in a news release.
As simulators continue to become integral in physician training, it also will be interesting to see whether this translates into benefits for patient care.