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Medical School establishes nation's first Surgical Simulation Fellowship

The University of Minnesota Medical School will establish the first Surgical Simulation Fellowship in the country using a $180,000 grant from Gyrus ACMI, a medical device company that specializes in minimally invasive surgery.

The fellowship, which begins on July 1, will help advance the international development, evaluation, and delivery of techniques enhanced by surgical simulation instruments. The grant provides funding for three one-year fellowships.

“The Surgical Simulation Fellowship will attract talented international doctors to the University of Minnesota to learn about simulation surgery using advanced equipment and acquire the tools to go back and disseminate their knowledge to benefit medical professionals in their home countries,” says Robert Sweet, M.D., director of simulation programs at the Medical School.

Sweet, who will serve as the fellows’ primary mentor, hopes the program also will establish a network of international collaborations.

Using equipment provided by Gyrus ACMI, fellows will practice and develop their technical skills by testing how leading-edge surgical simulation equipment interacts with human tissue.

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