'Re-Form', A Spinal Deformity Task Trainer
How does one go about learning complex and potentially dangerous skill sets? This question has fuelled my curiosity specifically in relation to spinal deformity procedures and how surgeons learn surgical skills safely and effectively. Recently, task trainers have become increasingly popular for surgical education and training. However, specialties like spinal deformity have yet to receive high quality simulation trainers focused on the manipulation and augmentation of the spine. This unique opportunity created the foundation for 'Re-Form'.
'Re-Form' is a task training system for spinal deformity surgeries with particular focus on teaching the correction of kyphotic or “hunchback” curves through a procedure called a spinal fusion.
The project is a direct response to feedback from practicing clinicians who feel their experience is extremely limited outside of the operating theatre. 'Re-form' aims to address this problem by providing a realistic tactile experience that streamlines the development of vital hands-on skills as well as building strong implicit knowledge resources.