9:15 – 10:15 am

Category: Art

Creating and Diversifying Trainers and Consumables in Medical Simulation

The expanding accessibility and affordability of 3D printers offers unique opportunities in medical education and simulation. Combining manufacturing techniques can improve diversity and inclusive representation, support expanding curricular demands, and reduce training costs. Medical simulation is a key component in medical education but can quickly become prohibitively expensive in regards to physical simulators, task trainers, and consumables. Utilizing 3D printing technology with traditional mold making and casting techniques, we developed an adaptable workflow to fabricate in-house customizable simulators, medical models, and refurbishment practices. This presentation discusses this workflow and considerations when navigating the fabrication process. The information provided includes types of 3D printing, a general overview of mold making and casting, example simulators developed using these techniques, lessons learned, and additional resources.

Session Takeaways:
1. After attending the attendees should be able to identify different types of fabrication methods and the practical limitations of each.
2. Attendees should be able to evaluate how these fabrication methods may be adapted and utilized to benefit their own business model or institution’s workflow.
3. Attendees should be able to convey how utilizing various fabrication techniques can improve diversity and inclusive representation of training resources and reduce the cost of medical simulation.

Elizabeth Weissbrod

Senior Medical Illustrator, The Henry M Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine

Elizabeth “Betsy” Weissbrod, MA, CMI is a Senior Medical Illustrator for the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, supporting the Uniformed Services University’s Department of Surgery and Simulation Center. There she creates multimedia content for military medical education and training. This includes, but is not limited to traditional illustration, digital 2D artwork, 2D animation, 3D modeling and animation, medical moulage, 3D printing, mold making and casting, and prototyping simulators. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Art as Applied to Medicine. In 2010, she founded Weissbrod Studios. Then in 2012, she completed her service as a Multi-media Illustrator in the United States Army Reserves and became a Certified Medical Illustrator. She currently serves as the Past-Chair for the AMI Board of Governors, and is a member of the Artists’ Rights and Professional Guidelines Committees. In addition to art, she looks for ways to serve those around her through international and local community volunteer opportunities.