Malone Center hosts hands-on workshop for aspiring engineers
Anand Malpani, assistant research scientist in the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare, led a workshop on “Engineering for Surgical Education” for students taking part in Engineering Innovation, a hands-on summer program for high school students interested in engineering.
Malpani’s workshop, held on July 18, helped 16 aspiring engineers understand the important role that data analytics and simulation-based training can play in surgical education. Students learned about the history of surgery, and how surgeons are trained and evaluated in real-world settings.
Students were also given the opportunity to evaluate surgical procedures themselves. The workshop included a hands-on component where students paired up and tried their hand at simulations tasks for surgical skills training using state-of-the-art equipment hosted at the Malone Center. Malpani, along with colleagues Ayushi Sinha, Natalie Martinez, and Princy Parsana, helped students experiment with clinically used surgical instruments, a laparoscopic trainer box from the medical school’s training facility, and a da Vinci® Skills SimulatorTM (courtesy of Intuitive Surgical, Inc.). Students were then asked to assess each other’s performances, highlighting the challenges of assessing technical skills in the surgical field.
“The research conducted at the center is quite different than everyday engineering. Such education outreach workshops are one of the platforms to give budding engineers a flavor of such unique transdisciplinary innovations that are underway at Johns Hopkins,” says Malpani.
The four-week Engineering Innovation program attracts over 400 students from 18 states and 11 countries to Johns Hopkins University. Students complete lab activities in various engineering disciplines, prepare presentations, and attend college-level lectures and workshops by faculty from across the Whiting School of Engineering.