Workshop Modules

The Perry Initiative has created nearly two dozen hands-on workshop modules. Provided below are descriptions a few selected modules.

 

The majority of the modules use anatomic models that can be purchased through Sawbones.

Fracture Repair using Plates and Screws

Students will learn the fundamentals of plate-screw fixation for simple and complex fracture repairs. Topics covered include screw sizing, screw types (lag, fully threaded, locking), and plate positioning and contouring. Students create their own anatomic fractures on Sawbones models and then apply their repair strategy. Anatomic sites may vary but include distal radius, tibia, femur, and acetabulum.

Spinal Fusion for Scoliosis

Students will perform a spinal fusion to correct scoliosis. The instructor will give a brief overview of spinal anatomy, scoliosis, and treatment options. Students will be presented with a “patient” with adult degenerative lumbar scoliosis for which screw-rod fusion is recommended from T11-Pelvis. Students will install orthopaedic hardware in an anatomical model to create the fusion. They will then test the overall rigidity of the spine and measure spinal alignment.

Rotator Cuff Repair

Students will repair the supraspinatus tendon of the rotator cuff using a double row technique consisting of bone tunnels, suture anchors, or a combination thereof. The basic principles of tendon-bone anchoring will be explained, and models of different repair techniques will be shown. Students will then choose a repair strategy and recreate it in anatomical models using standard household hardware. After repair, students will apply repeated physiological loads to the tendon and will examine the repair for damage.

External Fixation

Students will apply an external fixator to a mid-shaft tibia or femur fracture. The instructor will discuss decisions leading to internal versus external fixation of fractures. Students will create fracture, repair with an ex-fix construct of their choice, and test the stability of their construct in axial compression, bending, and torsion.

Intramedullary Nail

Students will design and manufacture an intramedullary nail and use it to repair a mid-shaft femoral fracture. After a brief introduction to the mechanical principles behind intramedullary (IM) nailing, students will problem-solve to determine ideal screw locations, sizes, and types for a retrograde femoral IM nail, and then they will manufacture the nail (from wood and screws). They will then install the nail, noting design improvements to the nail itself as well as any custom tools for installing the nail. Finally, students will test whether their nail has adequate proximal and distal fixation by creating a mid-shaft femoral fracture and applying compression to the bone.

Knee Ligament Reconstruction

Students will perform a total reconstruction of the four principal ligaments of the knee (anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate, medial collateral, and lateral collateral) using an anatomical model and household hardware. In performing the reconstructions, they will gain an understanding of the mechanical function of each ligament and the importance of ligament location and tension in maintaining proper bony alignment, stability, and functionality.

Upcoming Events

Nov
1
Sat
2014
8:30 am POP – Baltimore, MD @ Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
POP – Baltimore, MD @ Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Nov 1 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
We are pleased to announce a Perry Outreach Program in Baltimore, Maryland which will take place at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine on November 1, 2014. We will be holding our POP event for high school students[...]
11:00 am Special Event – Bay Area Science... @ AT&T Park
Special Event – Bay Area Science... @ AT&T Park
Nov 1 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
We are very excited to participate in the Bay Area Science Festival Discovery Days at AT&T Park in San Francisco on 11/1/14. Discovery Days is free to the public, runs from 11:00am-4:00pm, and is part[...]
Nov
7
Fri
2014
4:30 pm MSOP – Durham, NC @ Duke School of Medicine
MSOP – Durham, NC @ Duke School of Medicine
Nov 7 @ 4:30 pm – Nov 7 @ 8:00 pm
We are pleased to announce a Medical Student Outreach Program in Durham, North Carolina which will take place at Duke School of Medicine on November 7, 2014. We will be holding our MSOP event for medical students in[...]
Nov
8
Sat
2014
8:30 am POP – Durham, NC @ Duke School of Medicine
POP – Durham, NC @ Duke School of Medicine
Nov 8 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
We are pleased to announce a Perry Outreach Program in Durham, North Carolina which will take place at Duke School of Medicine on November 8, 2014. We will be holding our POP event for high school students in[...]
Nov
15
Sat
2014
8:30 am POP – Omaha, NE @ UNMC
POP – Omaha, NE @ UNMC
Nov 15 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
We are pleased to announce a Perry Outreach Program in Omaha, Nebraska which will take place at University of Nebraska Medical Center on November 15, 2014. We will be holding our POP event for high school students[...]

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