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Carla M. Pugh, MD, Ph.D.

AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2018
For advancing the science of clinical surgery education and training using advanced biomedical engineering analysis and technology.

Sensory simulators give doctors a better feel for performance improvement

Via American Medical Association | November 11, 2019

It’s long been said that medicine is part science, part art. The science tells you so much, but while you may have one way of performing a procedure or exam, a colleague down the hall approaches it in a slightly different way.

For example, when performing a breast exam: how much pressure do you use? Do you use a rubbing technique, a patting technique or a piano fingers technique? Is one better than another? In a complex surgery, what are the differences in decisions and technical approaches? Does that affect the outcome of the surgery?

By using sensor-enabled simulations, physicians are getting closer to having measurable data to answer the question of which techniques produce the best patient outcomes in the most efficient way, said Carla M. Pugh, MD, PhD. She is director of the Technology Enabled Clinical Improvement Center at Stanford Medicine and spoke at a recent event at the AMA’s Chicago headquarters.

The answers Dr. Pugh and her team uncover in their research can have a direct impact on medical education and clinical skills assessment. And biometric data may even be able to help address physician anxiety and burnout in high-performance settings… Continue reading.

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Dr. Carla Pugh Inducted into Medical and Biological Engineering Elite

Via AIMBE | April 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the induction of Carla M. Pugh, MD, Ph.D., Director, Technology Enabled Clinical Improvement Center, Professor of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine, to its College of Fellows. Dr. Pugh was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for advancing the science of clinical surgery education and training using advanced biomedical engineering analysis and technology.

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