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SIS faculty-run project uses crowdfunding platform to successfully get funded
Last month, SIS Professor of Practice Dmitriy Babichenko and his team successfully funded a project called ScopingSim. During the six week campaign, they managed to raise $5,642 and surpass their campaign’s goal.
One of the most common ways of training medical students to perform bronchoscopy, endoscopy, and colonoscopy procedures is through the use of mannequin simulators. Unfortunately, most simulators are expensive, difficult to transport, and require technical support staff. To combat these issues, Babichenko and his undergraduate student researchers are working to create a low-cost, high-fidelity scoping simulator that will not only teach students scoping techniques and diagnostic skills, but also teach them how to avoid causing their patients harm or discomfort during the procedure.
In order to move forward with building the prototype, the team needed to raise at least $5,500. To accomplish this, they used EngagePitt™, the University of Pittsburgh’s crowdfunding platform that engages students, faculty, friends, family, and alumni to support small, University-based campaigns. This was the first SIS project to utilize the EngagePitt™ platform.
ScopingSim is being developed through the Learning Technologies Lab. The Lab, of which Babichenko is the project director, is an interdisciplinary research and development laboratory that fosters innovative research in the area of learning technologies, offers new educational opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students, and catalyzes collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh schools and departments.
“I am thrilled that ScopingSim surpassed its goal! I know the students are just as excited as I am to purchase the equipment and begin building the prototype,” said Babichenko.
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