New Methodology: Potential to Transform Training for Surgeons

Updated August 11, 2020

In order to earn certification in general surgery, residents in the United States need to demonstrate proficiency in the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic program (FLS), a test that requires manipulation of laparoscopic tools within a physical training unit. By combining brain optical imaging and a deep learning framework they call “Brain-NET,” a multidisciplinary team of engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute — in close collaboration with the Department of Surgery at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences — has developed a new methodology that has the potential to transform training and the certification process for surgeons.