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Laparoscopic Surgery Training System (LASTS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-11-C-0426
Agency Tracking Number: N101-094-0584
Amount: $650,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N101-094
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-09-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
625 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA -
United States
DUNS: 115243701
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Peter Weyhrauch
 Principal Scientist
 (617) 491-3474
Business Contact
 Mark Felix
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Research Institution

Current minimally invasive surgery and laparoscopic surgery (MIS/LS) training standards encompass only baseline hand-eye coordination and cognitive skills, and do not fully address the surgical skills required to perform particular procedures. To address these issues, the necessary set of surgical skills must be determined, and these skills must be measured objectively. Little is known about the durability of surgical skills, including how skills decay and how to best train and retrain skills to reduce such decay. A skill model and objective measures that reliably assess surgical skill acquisition during training, skill decay when skills are unused, and skill reacquisition during refresher courses can reveal this information. To achieve these objectives, we propose to develop and thoroughly evaluate a Laparoscopic Surgery Training System (LASTS) for learning, refreshing, and assessing LS skills. LASTS uses models of surgical skill acquisition and decay, objective methods of surgical skill assessment, and individual skill and training models to maximize training effectiveness and minimize skill attrition by creating training curricula customized to each surgeon"s abilities. LASTS models are populated with empirical data and validated through a set of experiments with surgeons of many levels of expertise.

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