Introduction to Surgical Design and Simulation

Accepting applications for the next course running May 4 - June 12, 2020


Surgical Design and Simulation (SDS) is an expanding field, with applications in numerous stages of surgical planning and of patient treatment. Currently, there are limited resources available to clinicians and professionals interested in learning about the technical workflow required to apply digital technologies to treatment planning. The lack of structured information makes it challenging to learn the important information required to implement digital technologies.

The Introduction to Surgical Design and Simulation course was developed to prepare individuals who want to initiate an understanding of the digital environment. This course will provide individuals with a broad overview of the SDS field and the technical workflow.

Topics Covered

  • Advanced Digital Technologies: History leading to where we are today
  • An Overview of the Surgical Design and Simulation Workflow
  • Fundamentals of Medical Imaging in Surgical Design and Simulation
  • Working with Medical CT Data
  • Surgical Design and Simulation for Guided Surgery
  • Overview of Additive Manufacturing
  • The Digital Domain: A Journey Begun. Impact on the future of Head and Neck Reconstruction and Rehabilitation

Guest Lecturers Include

  • Dr. Gerald Grant , DMD, MS Professor of Prosthodontics, University of Louisville, School of Dentistry
  • Dr. Daniel Alto, Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Research Scientist (iRSM),
  • Dr. John Wolfaardt, Co-Founder and Past Staff Member, Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine (iRSM), Alberta Health Services/Covenant Health/University of Alberta
  • Andrew Grosvenor, Osseointegration Technologist - Surgical Design, Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine (iRSM), Alberta Health Services/Covenant Health/University of Alberta
  • Heather Logan, Surgical Design Simulationist, Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine (iRSM), Adjunct Assistant Professor Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta

Course Times and Location

The SDS course is delivered using a distance format via e‐class (The University ofAlberta's online learning platform). The course consists of seven (7) modules to be completed within six (6) weeks. All content is delivered asynchronously meaning there is no requirement to be online at a specific class date and time. Students can complete the learning activities in a place and time of their choosing.

Content is accessible twenty four (24) hours-a-day from any location with an internet connection. Each module may consists of online lectures, video presentations and knowledge checks.

  • Course Learning Objectives
    • - To gain familiarity of the historical clinical context of applied digital technologies in the surgical environment
    • - To explore the applications of advanced digital technology in the medical field
    • - To understand the advanced digital technology workflow from imaging to application
    • - To identify the essential technical requirements and skills needed to successfully accomplish an advanced digital technology workflow
    • - To understand how an advanced digital technology workflow can be integrated into a surgical setting
  • Who is it for?

    This course is expected to be of interest to individuals in:

    - medicine

    - dentistry

    - surgery

    - rehabilitation medicine

    - graphic design

    - industrial design

    - engineering

    - computer science

    - others with an interest in design and simulation

  • Course Instructor

    HEATHER LOGAN is a Surgical Design Simulationist at iRSM. After obtaining her Bachelor of Design at the University of Alberta, she went on to complete a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Science with a specialization in Surgical Design and Simulation. She first became interested in the field of head and neck reconstruction after a practicum at iRSM as an industrial design student in 2009. Logan's clinical responsibilities involve design and fabrication of patient specific surgical guides and templates for head and neck reconstruction. Her research involves developing and refining surgical design and simulation methods and understanding patient outcomes. Logan's teaching experience includes courses in advanced digital technologies in head and neck reconstruction at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.

  • Cost
    Course costs include a $50 application fee and $300 course tuition fee. There are no other associated costs.
  • Format
    This fully online non-credit course (13 hours of content) is delivered using the University of Alberta's eClass external platform and runs over a 6 week time frame.
  • Technical Requirements

    It is the student's individual responsibility to ensure all technical requirements for online participation are met and functioning before the course starts. To participate in the online content, the student must have the following minimum requirements:

    • - Access to a computer or mobile device with a high‐speed internet connection
    • - An internet browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari)
    • - It is strongly recommended you download the latest versions of Adobe Reader, Quicktime, Flash and Java
    • - Please note that lectures are provided in an HTML5 format and so should be playable on most browsers and mobile devices without the need to install Flash
  • How to Apply?

    To apply to take the Introduction to Surgical Design and Simulation course please complete the online application below. The applications are checked to determine if they are complete. Incomplete files will not be considered.

    Step 1: Complete Online Course Application
    Step 2: Pay the $50 Application Fee
    Step 3: Your application will be reviewed after which you will be contacted by email re: your acceptance into the course
    Step 4: Submit Payment for the Course

    After you submit your online application it will be reviewed by the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. Once reviewed the course coordinator will contact you via the email address provided in the application to inform you of your acceptance into the course. Once accepted you will be emailed detailed information on how to access the course.

    *All course fees must be paid in full before participants are provided access to the course (see fees and expenses).

  • Contact Information

The development of this online course is a collaboration between the University of Alberta's Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine (iRSM) which is an internationally recognized clinical and research institute focused on medical reconstructive sciences. Established in 1993, iRSM is a joint initiative of the University of Alberta, Covenant Health and Alberta Health Services, based at the Misericordia Community Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta.