Keynote Address

Sensors, Motion Tracking and Data Science: Unfolding the Metrics of Mastery

November 16, 2017
12:00 -1:00 pm

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Carla M. Pugh, MD, PhD
Susan Behrens, MD Professor of Surgical Education and Vice Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Clinical Director, University of Wisconsin Health Clinical Simulation Program, University of Wisconsin

Carla Pugh, MD, PhD is the Susan Behrens, MD Professor of Surgical Education at University of Wisconsin, Madison and the Founding Clinical Director of University of Wisconsin Health’s Clinical Simulation Program. Dr. Pugh obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of California -Berkeley in Neurobiology and her medical degree at Howard University School of Medicine in 1992. Upon completion of her general surgery residency at Howard University Hospital, she received a PhD in Education from Stanford University in 2001, becoming the first surgeon in the United States to do so. Shortly after, she became an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Education at Northwestern University, where she worked both at the Chicago Lakeside VA Hospital and at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, eventually being named Director of the Center for Advanced Surgical Education. In 2012, she joined the University of Wisconsin faculty as the Vice-Chair of Education and Patient Safety at the University of Wisconsin, Department of Surgery, and has held several other leadership positions, including her current post as the Vice-Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Pugh has long been interested in the use of technology to change the face of medical and surgical education. Her research involves the use of simulation and advanced engineering technologies to develop new approaches for assessing and defining competency in clinical procedural skills. Dr. Pugh holds two patents on the use of sensor and data acquisition technology to measure and characterize hands-on clinical skills. Currently, over two hundred medical and nursing schools are using one of her sensor-enabled training tools for their students and trainees.

Her work has received numerous awards from medical and engineering organizations. In 2011 Dr. Pugh received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Barack Obama at the White House. Dr. Pugh has been honored with countless visiting professorships and has been featured on numerous radio, television, and news segments, including a TEDMED talk on the potential uses of technology to transform how we measure clinical skills in medicine.  She is considered to be an international expert on the use of sensors and motion tracking technology for performance measurement. 

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