Operation Smile

Designing a surgical training model to teach surgeons how to restore form, function and feeling through local flap surgery

Team Lead: Dr. Priyanka Naidu

Lead Institution: Operation Smile South Africa

Team Countries: South Africa, Ghana, United Kingdom, United States

Team Operation Smile is designing a surgical training model to teach surgeons how to restore form, function and feeling through local flap surgery from wounds and defects due to burns, trauma, cancer and congenital conditions. 

The team plans to implement a unique mixed methods approach to surgical training that will use a simulation platform that will incorporate virtual learning modules and simulations with a low cos, adaptable psychomotor training system. 

“Through the development of this mixed methods training platform, we hope to increase awareness, training capabilities and workforce capacity,” said Dr. Zachary Collier, a member of the team.