AO Spine Asia Pacific
Case-based 3D Bone Model Online Course
What are the unique new education benefits provided to learner and faculty?
Feedback from our Faculty
The Case-based 3D Bone Model Online Course is beneficial for the learners and the faculties. It’s because the bone models are real in terms of bone shape/ alignment and soft tissues around it. Although the cortical bone is a bit stiffer than expected, but you can handle once you are used to, and the demonstration with it is effective to understand the pathology and the procedures. On the other hand, it is difficult to include lecture, demonstration with the bone model, and discussion in the limited time frame. Especially it takes time for the demonstration, thus I would recommend including the short video for the demo with additional explanations using the 3D model in LIVE. The Online Course is promising as one of the course options during the difficult period with COVID-19.
The faculty gets to demonstrate the exact steps discussed for the case in discussion, and the learner gets to see the surgeon operating prospectively from the start (rather than an edited video) with all the inherent problems and hurdles–like a live surgical demo, but one better as the case can be pre chosen!
Feedback from our Participants
This seminar was a first attempt using 3D bone model. The procedures by the faculty members were fantastic and very easy to understand. I am sure the seminar using 3D bone model is beneficial not only for young spine surgeons, but also for senior spine surgeons.
From a learner’s perspective, the provision of this combined discussion followed by the immediate demonstration of surgical correction technique allows me to expand the grasp of my knowledge comprehension beyond its theoretical context by enhancing my visual registration through the direct stepwise manner surgical correction technique on a 3D simulated model of a real patient. And to resonate what Dr Chung Chek Wong mentioned–“This is exactly how I would do in the real surgery” further captures the efficacy of this mode of learning method. A blended learning approach through listening, visualisation–seeing how all the corrective manoeuvres are being materialised in real-time enables me to transpose these elements into a tangible cerebral learning by recapturing the motions repetitively, coupling these to the emphasised theoretical corrective basis as alluded to in the prior discussion. And in so doing, this is as close to a real life surgery as one can get with the upside of a non-constraint environment (considering the current pandemic situation) that crosses borders, therefore, offer greater accessibility in the sharing of pertinent and important knowledge in spine surgery. It's my fruitful experience gained from the meaningful work collaborated and initiated by AO Spine Asia Pacific.
The Case-based 3D Bone Model Online Course adequately demonstrated how the proper application of surgical instrumentation and maneuvers can address spine pathology via remote learning. The live video feed complemented the high yield lectures by the expert panel.