Intuitive Foundation, Nesta Challenges & MIT Solve announced today the launch of the Global Surgical Training Challenge, a contest designed to find innovative ways to develop lower cost, validated, simulation-based surgical training. The global challenge calls on innovators to develop surgical training modules that can be used in low-resource settings to help teach practitioners surgical procedures and techniques.
“A typical teaching module is resource-intensive and expensive,” says Caroline Purslow, Challenge Manager, Nesta Challenges. “We hope the Global Surgical Training Challenge will encourage innovators to develop easily replicable modules that can be used in a variety of settings.”
The Challenge consists of three phases spread over 2 years, with a purse of $5 million.
Phase I will end in December 2020 when 10 teams receive grants, called Discovery Awards, of up to $200,000 each to develop and test early prototype modules. Up to five of those teams will compete in Phase II for the Finalist Awards—grants of up to $500,000 distributed at the end of 2021. The Grand Prize of $1 million will be awarded in 2022 to the team with the most fully developed prototype module that the judges believe will have the most impact through additional development.
Winning modules will be part of an online open-source platform accessible by surgical practitioners. The modules will be free to download and inexpensive to reproduce in a variety of global settings. In addition, winning modules will have been appropriately validated.
The Global Surgical Training Challenge is open to surgical practitioners, clinicians, medical educators, technologists, engineers, designers, artists, and other creatives. Teams or individuals are encouraged to participate in a series of interactive, and virtual Solveathon workshops, hosted by MIT Solve. The Solveathon workshops are “virtual, high energy events designed to build teams and strengthen their applications for the Global Surgical Training Challenge.” says Patrick Diamond, Strategic Partnerships Manager at MIT Solve.
“We envision helping to create a new paradigm for surgical training that delivers simulation-based training at a lower cost to resource-constrained settings, and allows surgical practitioners the opportunity to practice and enhance their skills outside of a teacher-led lab or classroom,” says Catherine Mohr, President, Intuitive Foundation.
Awards:- The Challenge consists of three phases spread over 2 years, with a purse of $5 million.