Newsletter – Mar. 2016
Newsletter – Oct, 2015
The UBC Technology in Medicine Club (TiM Club) will be hosting two hands-on workshops on laparoscopic surgery and robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery. If you missed out last year, here’s another chance!
What: Robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery and laparoscopic surgery workshop
When: 5:00 – 6:30 pm and 6:30 – 8:00 pm on Thursday, March 31st
Where: Basement of Vancouver General Hospital
Enter the lottery for seats by signing up here by 11:59PM Saturday, October 17. Drawn names will be notified on Sunday, October 18.
Dr. Christopher Nguan, a practicing urologist at VGH, will teach the basic techniques of both robot-assisted and manual laparoscopic surgery. After that you’ll get to sit in the driver seat of the da Vinci Si surgical robot (picture attached) and try out some surgical tasks. You’ll also get to do the same using conventional/manual laparoscopic surgicalinstruments. The event will be held in the biomedical engineering department in the basement of VGH and pizza will be provided.
The workshop is open to both medical and engineering students. We will randomly select 34 students to participate in the workshops. Please note that we cannot accommodate more than that although we wish we could. For med students: unfortunately, this workshop will not be offered at the distributed medical sites.
Save the date! We’ll be having a TiM Talk on November 5th on eHealth at the Medical Student Alumni Centre! More details to follow in the upcoming weeks.
For questions or comments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forwarding to seeing you October 22nd!
Newsletter – Mar. 2015
The TiM Club is excited to host a lecture with Dr. Robin Coope and Dr. Robert Meek, who will be discussing the partnership between engineers and clinicians for the development of an orthopaedic trauma implant.
Joint development of a new surgical implant for the fixation of displaced pelvic ring fractures
Speakers: Dr. Robin Coope, and Dr. Robert Meek (see bios below)
Location: MSAC – Medical Student & Alumni Centre (Room will be specified later), 2750 Heather Street, Vancouver, BC
Time: March 9th, 6:00 pm
If you are thinking of attending, please RSVP here. We hope to see many of you there!
The pelvic ring is the area of the body between the spine and legs. It is a ring structure composed of bone and strong ligaments. When it is fractured and needs to be repaired, the fractured pieces need to be put back into the correct position and strongly held there by some mechanically strong device until the fractures and ligamentous injuries heal.
Drs. Meek, Coope and colleagues are collaborating on the development of an innovative way to stabilize the curved pelvic ring after it is fractured. This collaboration started in 2010 and promising early results led to the technology being licensed and expanded funding via co-funded grants and now start up company. This project truly illustrates a collaborative effort by the sciences of Medicine and Engineering and the value of doing commercial clinical technology development in close collaboration with institutional partners.
Robin Coope – PhD (UBC ’06) PEng
Dr. Robin Coope is the Group Leader for Instrumentation at the BC Cancer Agency Genome Sciences Centre. He is a co-director of the Genome BC Technology Development Platform, and has 20 years of research and technology development experience.
Robert N. Meek – BSc (UBC ’64), MD (UBC ’68), FRCSC – Orthopaedic Surgery 1974
Dr. Robert N. Meek is a clinical professor emeritus for the faculty of medicine at UBC in the Division of Orthopaedic Trauma. He has 30+ years of clinical practice, teaching, and clinical research experience in his field. He is a former head Division of Orthopaedic Trauma for UBC & VGH, as well as the former chief of staff at VGH.
UBC Technology in Medicine Club
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Newsletter – Nov. 2014
The Technology in Medicine Club is hosting the hands-on robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery and laparoscopic surgery workshop from 5:30pm-6:30pm and 6:30pm-7:30pm on Friday, November 14th. Dr. Christopher Nguan, a practicing urologist at VGH, will teach the basic techniques of both robot-assisted and manual laparoscopic surgery. After that you’ll get to sit in the driver seat of the da Vinci Si surgical robot and try out some surgical tasks. You’ll also get to do the using conventional/manual laparoscopic surgical instruments. The event will be held in the biomedical engineering department in the basement of VGH and a light dinner will be offered.
If you are interested, please sign up here by Saturday November 8th. To give workshop participants a chance to try out the surgical equipment the number or participants will be limited to 16 students per one hour workshop. We will email everyone that signs up by Tuesday November 11th to confirm the final list of participants.
The workshop is open to both medical and engineering students. Unfortunately this workshop will not be offered at the distributed medical sites. However, we have reserved five spots for distributed site students (this includes the 1st year distributed site students who are currently at UBC-V).
We look forward to seeing you on November 14th, 2014!
The Technology in Medicine team
Co-Presidents: Ricky, Jorden and Philip
Vice-Presidents: Golden, Greg and Julie