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Prevention of Laparoscopic Sugical Skill Attrition

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-10-M-0151
Agency Tracking Number: N101-094-1218
Amount: $99,901.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N101-094
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-05-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-03-09
Small Business Information
8737 Colesville Rd, L203
Silver Spring, MD 20910
United States
DUNS: 128374548
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Corinna Lathan
 Board Chair and CEO
 (301) 495-0770
Business Contact
 Carl Pompei
Title: Executive Vice President
Phone: (301) 495-0770
Research Institution

Clear needs exists for a more comprehensive understanding of the nature of laparoscopic surgical skill acquisition and decay, objective metrics with which to assess these skills over time, and simulation-based training that supports rapid acquisition, longitudinal retention, and targeted retraining for sustainment of these critical and perishable skills. The proposed SBIR effort seeks to develop and validate a skill acquisition/decay model, novel objective metrics, and simulation-based training strategies for the prevention of laparoscopic surgical skills attrition. Objective metrics assessed will include advanced simulator-based metrics and metrics derived from instrument tracking, motion tracking, and vision tracking technologies, as well as advanced cognitive assessment technologies capable of assessing learning and cognitive workload. The ultimate goal of this effort is to integrate the resulting system within standardized military medical training curricula for enhanced training and sustainment of these critical skills.

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