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The Design & Validation of a Wire Navigation Simulator for Pediatric Supracondylar Humerus Fractures

Grant Recipient: Heather Kowalski, MD

Co-Investigators: Geb W Thomas, PhD
University of Iowa
Presentations & Publications:


  1. Long S, Mattioli D, Connor E, Thomas GW, Anderson DD, Kowalski H. Establishing performance metrics on pinning pediatric elbow fractures: From simulation to the operating room. 2020 American College of Surgeons and Engineers: A Dialogue on Surgical Simulation, March 11, 2020, Chicago, Illinois. (Conference canceled due to COVID-19).
  2. Johnson Z, Long S, Thomas GW, Anderson DD. A pediatric supracondylar humerus fracture wire navigation simulator. 2020 Design of Medical Devices Conference, April 6–9, 2020, Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Conference canceled due to COVID-19).
  3. Kowalski H, Thomas GW, Long S, Connor E, Karam MD, Marsh JL, Anderson DD. The design and validation of a wire navigation simulator for pediatric supracondylar humerus fractures. 2020 Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, May 13–16, 2020, San Diego, California. (Conference canceled due to COVID-19).

“Testing the Validity of a Novel Simulator for Training Pediatric Supracondylar Elbow Fractures” is being drafted for submission in Fall 2020.

Further Funding:
Further grant obtained as result of POSNA funding:
We submitted, a full OREF grant application last year, but it was not selected for funding. An NIH grant proposal incorporating elements of this work was also submitted earlier this year, but it also was not funded. We are currently preparing a revised proposal for resubmission. We sought and obtained internal funding to extend this work:
  • University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Clinical and Educational Small Grant Program. Examining Skill Transfer from Simulation to the Operating Room for the Treatment of Pediatric Supracondylar Humerus Fractures. $15,376 Total Costs.
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