Twin-Twin Surgical Simulator: Scaffolding learning using visual complexity in a surgical simulator for TTTS

Twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) is a rare, but major complication during monochorionic twin pregnancies. The treatment of choice for TTTS is fetoscopic laser ablation, a complex procedure only performed at specialized surgical centres. My project aims to develop a 3D library for a future, full-scale TTTS surgical simulator, while simultaneously exploring how low- and high-complexity simulators can be used to scaffold learning for users. The end result of the project will be a workable prototype of the simulator, robust documentation detailing the design of the project, and a thorough methodology that can be applied in a future study to evaluate the efficacy of scaffolding low- and high-fidelity simulators in surgical education.

Speaker Bio

Alexander Young is a scientific communicator currently wrapping up his Master of Science in Biomedical Communications (BMC) at the University of Toronto, Ontario. Alex enjoys animated feature films, narrative-driven video games, and—when he gets serious—working collaboratively in order to solve complex communication problems. After completing his H.BSc in Integrated Science at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Alex spent three years working as a multimedia and communications designer. His undergraduate degree, time working in the communications field, and his studies as a BMC student have underscored the importance of research, scientific literacy, and the value of multiple disciplines working together when attempting to tell complex scientific stories. Alex’s current goal is to use creative, tested solutions to successfully share these stories as an intermediary between designers and developers.