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“The first European Hub for Medical 3D Modeling”
Greetings from MedTRain Team
“Novel educational materials in medical training with 3D Modeling applications and simulation modalities(Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality)-MEDTRAIN3DMODSIM” is an European Union project which is approved and granted by European Commission in the form of an ERASMUS+ strategic partnership project, in the field of higher education, training and youth programme.
Five leading universities with high respect in the field of education are included in the project; Hacettepe University (Turkey), University of Rome Tre (Italy), University of Karlova Preze (Czech Republic), Chosun University (South Corea) and University of Ethniko Kai Kapodistriako Panepistimio Athinon (Greece).
MEDTRAIN3DMODSIM project consists of 4 intellectual outcomes; (a) 3D anatomical models reconstruction and printing from radiological data (b) Virtual and augmented reality models and simulations (c) standardization of 3D medical models (d) website formation and reporting after trainings . It has one multiplier event, “3D anatomical models in medical education symposium” for dissemination of intellectual outcomes to the public mostly effected indirectly.
We take this oppurtinity to become worldwide in medical education. We believe that MEDTRAIN3DMODSIM will grow up by your support and participation.
You will be welcome to share our excitement, achivement and international visibility.
Rationality of MedTRain3DModsim
Surgical education has been commonly based on the Halstedian methodology of “see one, do one, teach one”. This methodology depends on volume as well as access to patients to work. The field of surgery covers a wide range of procedures, and teaching/learning with the Halstedian model is a challenge. Contemporary surgeons are keen on to learn various surgical techniques including open, endoscopic and laparoscopic/robotic surgeries. It is obvious that non-invasive techniques are more frequently preferred by surgeons and patients. Traditional medical training curriculum, residency work hour restrictions and the public focus on improved patient safety result in the learning needs of trainees looking forward to the legal and ethical imperatives of patient safety . These learning and educational limitations provide a framework for the importance and necessity of training using simulation, 3D medical applications (VR and AR), printed medical models in medical field. Training for technical skills may increase manual dexterity, but training for situational awareness, decision making, communication, and teamwork is highly important. The development of valid 3D Medical applications and models will eventually play a role in the certification/recertification of medical students and residents. The development of 3D Medical applications will also provide a novel training modality for continuing medical education (CME). Simulation (virtual reality and augmented reality, medical animations) and 3D medical printed organ models for training and surgical planing will never be able to replace clinical experience and hands-on training; however, current simulation models may decrease the initial stages of the learning curve without compromising patient safety. The rationality of MedTRain3DModsim is safety for patients and quality for trainees.
Targets of MedTRain3DModsim
This project aims to improve learning/teaching methodology by using 3D models and applications, creating novel training curriculum using technology in a worldwide. One of the targets of this project is to produce novel 3D medical models and applications that is adequate for beginning and even intermediate trainees such as medical students and residents. The role of 3D medical modeling in surgical field is growing. We are starting to be profession in common field of urology and surgery. The are both suitable to have simulation take an important educational role by nature of the competencies required. 3D printing is the development of 3D objects via an additive process in which successive layers of material are applied under computer control. 3D printing has existed more than a decade in the medical era, but, its use was limited mostly to dentistry and orthopedics. This issue triggered our project related to working on solid organs like prostate, kidney, and liver models. However, as printers and software become available, there is a tend to increase in the use of 3D printing in medicine. The applications of 3D technology in the medical area are unlimited, and improving timely. It is possible for surgeons to produce facsimiles of their patients’ body parts that need to be removed or replaced. With 3D printing, it may soon be possible to make a body part from inert materials in just a few hours. Making 3D printed models will provide better VR and AR application for training, targets will be endless at the end of the project. The major indicators of achievement will be produce 3D printed solid organ models, creating VR and AR simulation softwares, standardization the medical 3D models ,dissemination cumulated materials, scheduled meetings, web-based education. Finally, extension of all outcomes and produced innovations to the European Union Foundations and societies, non-governmental organization for CME after the ending of the project will be the final success
Target Groups of MedTRainModsim
The target groups of this project will directly effect the medical students and residents in surgical fields (urology, surgery, anatomy etc.) who needs medical education and surgical training, indirectly all medical researchers who will be supported by clinical and surgical anatomical education and training. However, the printed models will be used for surgical planing that will be very important for preparation to complex surgeries .