Date: October through November, 2011
Location: University of Delaware, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Students: 31 undergraduate and graduate students at Univ DE, enrolled in MEEG482/682 (Clinical Biomechanics)
Faculty: Jenni Buckley, PhD & Jill Higginson, PhD, University of Delaware, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Lab 1: Biomechanical Testing
Students designed and executed a biomechanics experiment to determine whether pilot hole diameter affects pedicle screw pull-out strength. They conducted pull-out tests on a full-scale mechanical test frame using anatomical models of human vertebrae and standard lumbar pedicle screws. Thanks to our sponsors, Sawbones and Atlas Spine for providing materials.
Lab 2: Spine Surgery
Students learned the fundamentals of spine surgery and conducted surgical simulations of a long posterior fusion for adult lumbar scoliosis and combined anterior/posterior decompression and fusion for lumbar spondylolysis. Exercises were based on Perry Initiative workshop modules #4 and #15, respectively. Thanks to our sponsors, Sawbones and DePuy Spine for providing materials.
Lab 3: Trauma & Sports Medicine
Students tackled two mock surgeries focused on trauma and sports medicine, namely, external fixation of a mid-shaft femoral fracture and combined ACL/PCL reconstruction of an injured knee. Exercises were based on Perry Initiative workshop modules #8 and #14, respectively. Thanks to our sponsors, Sawbones and San Francisco Orthopaedic Residency Program for providing materials.