Gazi Rashid Presents Popular Workshop on Making Cheap, Effective Simulation Models at IMSH

January 2019

Fourth-year Emory medical student Gazi Rashid presented "Building and Using Low-cost Surgical Simulation Models" to an enthusiastic audience at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), held in San Antonio, January 26-30, 2019. The workshop was presented on behalf of the Carlos and Davis Center for Surgical Anatomy and Technique of Emory University (CSAT) as part of the Surgery Special Interest Group session, which was moderated by Sharon Muret-Wagstaff, PhD, MPA, director of high fidelity simulation for CSAT and director of the ExCEL Simulation Center of Emory School of Medicine.

Dr. Muret-Wagstaff and Emory general and GI surgeon Snehal Patel, MD, MS, were Mr. Rashid's simulation mentors during the past year. Mr. Rashid is president of Emory's Medical Education Interest Group and an organizer of the Annual John Skandalakis Surgical Anatomy Teaching Competition, an event co-sponsored by CSAT and the Medical Student Senate that features medical students presenting surgical anatomy teaching cases to a panel of surgical faculty judges.

Sponsored by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, IMSH is considered the world's largest conference dedicated to healthcare simulation learning, research, and scholarship, with this year's installment offering more than 250 sessions in various formats, from large plenary sessions to small, interactive immersive courses.

The primary aim of Mr. Rashid's workshop was to illustrate the convenience and ease of making inexpensive and simple simulation models for use in surgical training. The workshop's participants included 39 surgeons and colleagues from all over the United States, as well as physicians from Hong Kong and Australia.

The highlight was Mr. Rashid leading the participants in building their own models for practicing cricothyrotomy, an emergent procedure that involves making an incision through a membrane in the patient's neck into the windpipe in order to allow air into the lungs. The design was adapted from that of David Farley, MD, a general surgeon at the Mayo Clinic who specializes in the creation of low fidelity simulation devices, and included such household items as cardboard toilet paper rolls, zip ties, insulation, and felt that costs less than one dollar to assemble and typically takes no more than five minutes to put together.

Mr. Rashid agrees with Dr. Farley's assertion that low fidelity simulation models can be useful as adjunct, low-cost tools for many simulation centers. He adds, "It was inspiring to see experienced surgeons and educators assemble the models and appreciate them for their simplicity and potential."

Watch Dr. Farley's introduction to low fidelity simulation models here.