Author Interviews, ENT, Surgical Research, Technology / 22.09.2016 Interview with: Alfred Marc Calo Iloreta, MD Assistant Professor Skull Base Surgery and Rhinology Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai New York, New York Would you tell us a little about yourself? How did you become interested in ENT and your subspecialty in particular? Response: I am a ENT/Head and Neck Surgeon practicing in Manhattan at the Mount Sinai Hospital. I trained here in New York City for residency and also completed a fellowship in Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery. I chose this field and sub-specialty because of the intricate and complex anatomy of the head and neck. In addition rhinology and skull base surgery utilizes multiple advanced technologies from high definition optics, to neuronavigation to allow us to work with this complex anatomy. (more…)
Author Interviews, Beth Israel Deaconess, CHEST, Education, Pulmonary Disease / 23.10.2015 Interview with: Dr. George Cheng MD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center  Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Cheng: Since the introduction of flexible bronchoscope in late 1960s, flexible bronchoscopy has gained wide popularity and with over 500,000 procedures being performed in the USA annually.  Bronchoscopy training has been undergoing rapid advancement in recent years.  Virtual bronchoscopy, either web-based training or VR bronchoscopic simulators, were used to teach and to improve performance in bronchoscopy.  However, virtual reality simulators often cost over $100,000 dollars.  Given the prohibitive high cost, recent CHEST expert panel recommended that high fidelity simulators be offered only in regional simulation centers.  Therefore, low cost realistic bronchoscopy training models are an area of need. Recent development in 3D printing and 3D medical modeling has allowed clinicians to utilize CT scans to create physical models.  This approach can be used to create affordable 3D printed, anatomically accurate bronchoscopy training models.  However, the 3D printed tracheobronchial model has never been evaluated as a bronchoscopy simulation tool.  We aimed to address this question with our study. The 3D printed bronchoscopy model was generated from flexible nylon material and stained to match the airway mucosa coloration.  Participants of varies training levels performed bronchoscopy on both standard and 3D printed bronchoscopy model, graded each on a sliding scale from 0-100.  Overall, clinicians preferred the 3D printed model regardless of their level of training. (more…)