Reproducing swallowing in a thyroid exam simulator

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Project Overview

Physical examination skills are taught and assessed throughout medical school and residency. Use of simulation technology for teaching and evaluation has introduced a wide variety of options for clinical performance assessment. However, many clinical skills are taught on animal tissue, which can be unavailable, expensive, or short-lived. Medical lab is focused on the development of low cost models (out of plastic or silicone materials) to replicate clinical exams. We are looking to update our thyroid exam simulator with a mechanism to mimic the swallowing motion of the thyroid. Our model will need to able to reproduce swallowing in order to allow clinicians to access and diagnose abnormalities found on the thyroid gland.


Team picture

Team members from left to right: Candice Tang, He Chang Kang, Madelyn Goedland, Greg Wolf

Contact Information

Team Members

  • Candice Tang - Team Leader
  • Madelyn Goedland - Communicator
  • Gregory Wolf - BSAC
  • He Kang - BWIG & BPAG

Advisor and Client

  • Ed Bersu - Advisor
  • Mr. Calvin Kwan - Client