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  • Graduate Position in Validating Surgical Simulators at UBC

    We have recently received a major award from NSERC's Collaborative Health
    Research Projects program for validating surgical simulations of
    minimally-invasive procedures. Our goal is to develop a quantitative
    measure for assessing surgical performance and ergonomic stress in
    laparoscopic (minimally-invasive) surgery and use differences in the measure
    between the operative and simulator settings to refine simulators. The
    results will allow us to evaluate the relative performance of advanced
    surgical instruments and will lead to quantitative measures of the motor
    aspects of a surgeon's operative skills.

    We are looking for two graduate students in mechanical engineering
    (biomechanics) and one in computer science (haptic interfaces) to work on
    this study in cooperation with four other professors: Dr. Karim Qayumi
    (Director of the Surgical Education Centre at Vancouver Hospital), Dr. Alex
    Nagy (Laparoscopic Surgeon at Vancouver Hospital), Dr. Lance Rucker
    (Director of Surgical Skills Training at the UBC Dental School) and Dr.
    Karon Maclean (Professor of Computer Science). All positions are available
    September 1, 2001, although both earlier and later starts may be possible.
    International applicants are welcome.

    The focus of these projects will be on designing and validating a surgical
    simulation, developing and refining performance measures, assessing surgeon
    performance using the new measures, and designing and evaluating improved
    tools for laparoscopic surgery.

    The University of British Columbia is one of Canada's top three research
    universities. It is located in Vancouver - a city of striking natural
    beauty. The campus is surrounded on three sides by the waters of the
    Pacific Ocean and on the fourth side by a regional park, yet it is only 15
    minutes from the cultural attractions of downtown and 45 minutes from
    recreational opportunities in the local mountains. Vancouver enjoys the
    mildest climate in Canada (almost identical to Seattle) and offers all the
    conveniences and attractions of a city of nearly 2 million people.

    For further information, please check out our website at To apply for these positions, please send an
    email message to Dr. Antony Hodgson (

    Antony Hodgson, PhD
    Mechanical Engineering Dept.
    University of British Columbia
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada V6T 1Z4
    604-822-2403 (fax)

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