Mark W. Allam Lecture: Why Do People Feed Their Virtual Chickens in Farmville at Night? Medical Education: Game On!

Thursday, October 12
8:45 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: White River Ballroom E/F

Sponsored by ACVS Industry Partner 

The video game industry is one of the fastest growing industries and has undergone significant changes from the early days of Atari. Serious games are games developed for purposes other than pure entertainment. Dr. Marlies Schijven, Professor of Surgery at the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Medicine, develops and conducts research into valid uses of simulation, serious games, and mobile applications in healthcare and medical training and education programs. She also studies the value of wearable technology for care professionals and patients and how such ‘wearables’ can be adapted for use in care generally and with the electronic patient file system. Prof. Schijven was the first surgeon to livestream an abdominal operation to YouTube directly using GoogleGlass.

In surgery, well-designed simulations and games have proven to make for better, more competent surgeons. If well developed, they are useful to those who wish to incorporate games for training and education and use the principles of playful technology to get an educational message across without people feeling as though they are being taught. The key is to wrap, or trap, educational content in such a way that it triggers a person’s innate interest to play.

Dr. Schijven is known for her publications in the areas of surgery (achalasia and reflux disease), m-health, e-health, wearable technology, medical education, and simulation technology. She is an expert in virtual reality medical simulation, serious gaming, and validation studies and processes and trains and mentors many PhD residents on these topics. She is also the principal educator for Simulation & Serious Gaming, Augmented Reality and mHealth, former chair of the Dutch Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and the incoming chair of the International Society for Wearable Technology in Healthcare.

The Mark W. Allam Lecture is named for one of the cofounders of the American College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Allam was an avid proponent of the concept of “one medicine,” the idea that the similarities between human and animal medicine are great and that these two fields can benefit considerably from the discoveries made in each field. The lecture was instituted to foster this concept and has been given annually since 1972.

Marlies P. Schijven, MD, PhD, MHSc

Professor of Surgery
Academic Medical Center of Amsterdam

Professor Marlies Schijven researches the field of mHealth, Simulation and Serious Gaming. On the 28th of October 2013; she was the first surgeon livestreaming an abdominal operation to YouTube directly using GoogleGlass.
She is Program Leader and EU lead researcher of the OR Black Box™ system.
She is the Program Chair on e-Health of the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU).
Prof. Schijven is known for her publications in the area of surgery (achalasia and reflux disease), m-health, e-health, wearable technology, medical education and simulation technology. She is an expert in the area of virtual reality medical simulation, serious gaming, validation studies and validation processes; processes; and guides many PhD residents on these topics.

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