Team Lead: Dr. Marisa Seepersaud
Lead Institution: Georgetown Public Hospital, Guyana
Team Countries: Guyana, United Kingdom, Norway, United States
Team SELF-Training (Set Every Little-heart Free by Training) is designing a training module for general surgeons and trainees to learn to repair simple congenital heart defects, such as patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). With the Discovery Award, the team will design a hyper realistic, tissue-like physical model with built-in sensors paired with augmented reality. A mobile app will complement the module with educational materials and virtual mentorship.
The platform can safely and reliably develop the necessary skills to provide care to thousands of children who would otherwise go without.