01 September 2015
Last week ICCAS hosted the Digital Operating Room Summer School (DORS) for the second time. Participants came from all over the world to further their knowledge about the development of surgical assistance systems for the modern operating room. The one-week intensive course included lectures, practical workshops, a teaching session at the Faculty of Medicine’s Anatomical Institute, and surgical consultations at both the Heart Center and the newly opened operating theatre of the ENT Department at Leipzig University Hospital. DORS was a valuable opportunity for participants to find out about ICCAS’s key areas of innovation such as the Digital Patient Model, operating room infrastructure and workflow management, not to mention the latest technology used in practical areas. The participants praised the good balance between clinical and technical aspects as well as the theoretical explanations and practical sessions. In fact, a number of young computer scientists gained their first surgical experience, while some engineers picked up a surgical instrument for the very first time as they used phantoms to experience the advantages of high-tech developments for surgeons. Apart from ICCAS’s own researchers, the speakers included renowned clinical experts from Leipzig and also international experts in computer-assisted surgery. The participants benefited from direct interaction with experienced scientists and received advice regarding their own fields of research.
The positive feedback and higher attendance compared to last year, including visitors from Europe, Canada and America, are very encouraging for the continuation of DORS next year.