RCS develops synthetic model of the head and brain to train the next generation of neurosurgeons
04 December 2012
The RCS is today unveiling the latest innovation in simulation training for tomorrow’s neurosurgeons. Modelled Anatomical Replica for Training Young Neurosurgeons, or MARTYN, is a synthetic model of the head and brain that has been purposefully developed to provide the realistic feel of operating to give surgeons an authentic training experience.
Surgery is a craft specialty that cannot be learned from textbooks or lectures alone. Surgeons carry out a large part of their training on bodies donated to medical science however, after death, the brain does not preserve well and trainee neurosurgeons can struggle to develop the skills necessary for future patient care.
MARTYN has been created to help mitigate problems associated with a lack of real-life operating experience. Based on an original idea by neurosurgeon David Baxter, a Major in the Royal Army Medical Corps, development began in 2011 led by Martyn Cooke, museum conservator at the RCS.
Martyn Cooke, museum conservator at the RCS, said:
“It is absolutely essential that surgical trainees have access to a variety of different training tools outside of the operating theatre to allow them to develop the skills necessary for future patient care. MARTYN has the potential to transform the training of young neurosurgeons due to the realistic feel of operating it provides.”
The RCS is currently working on introducing pathology such as tumours and blood clots to the brain model to enhance surgical training. MARTYN will be featured on Dara O Briain’s Science Club tonight (04 Dec) on BBC Two at 9pm.