Fundamental Surgery, pioneers of immersive HapticVR™ training technology, which combines virtual reality (VR) with haptics (sense of touch), today announced the expansion of their Global Medical Panel with Professor David R. Farley joining as the latest member. In his role, he will guide the development of the education platform with a particular focus on general surgery.
Professor Farley is a surgical consultant in the Department of Surgery at Mayo Clinic. He joined the department in 1994 and served as the director of the General Surgery residency program for 15 years. He now holds the academic rank of professor of surgery, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science with focus on general, endocrine, breast and minimally invasive surgery disciplines. His academic achievements are focused on surgical education and simulation training to create better surgeons in less time.
Professor Farley has helped train over 300 young surgeons and is a member of the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine Hall of Fame for teaching. He has authored over 300 articles and abstracts as well as co-wrote three books and has given hundreds of international, national and regional presentations. He was the co-editor for both Operative Techniques in General Surgery and Contemporary Surgery.
“I am excited to work with an extraordinary group of forward-thinking surgeons, scientists, engineers and educators to collaborate in creating dynamic, engaging and useful resources for surgical learners of varied skills and experience,” said Professor Farley. “The ability to allow learners to practice, see, and feel the correct way to proceed with critical operative steps and procedures is a giant leap forward to enhance surgical performance and improve patient safety and outcomes.”
In his new role, Professor Farley will be an integral team member in the development of Fundamental Surgery’s general surgery simulations and will play a large part in FundamentalVR’s global mission to democratize surgical simulations and training, allowing it to be easily accessible to every surgeon in the world for the wider benefit of society.
Listed by Time magazine as one of their “Best inventions of 2018,” Fundamental Surgery is a first-of-its-kind SaaS platform that combines virtual reality (VR) with cutting-edge haptics and leading educational practice to create a low-cost and scalable surgical education and rehearsal experience for trainee and qualified surgeons. Fundamental Surgery creates an environment that allows users to experience and navigate the same visuals, sounds and feelings they would during a real surgical procedure. Simulations can be downloaded for as little as $8,000 a year for unlimited users, with surgical program managers able to access an online dashboard of all of their trainees’ performance.