Carla Pugh: Signatures: What can Sensors and Motion Tracking Technology Tell us about Technical Skills Performance?
Doctor Carla Pugh is currently Vice-Chair of Education and Patient Safety in the Department of Surgery at University Wisconsin, Madison. She is also Director of UW-Health’s Inter-Professional Simulation Program. Her clinical area of expertise is Acute Care Surgery. Dr Pugh obtained her undergraduate degree at U.C. Berkeley in Neurobiology and her medical degree at Howard University School of Medicine. Upon completion of her surgical training at Howard University Hospital, she went to Stanford University and obtained a PhD in Education. Her research interests include the use of simulation technology for medical and surgical education. Dr. Pugh holds a method patent on the use of sensor and data acquisition technology to measure and characterize the sense of touch. Currently, over two hundred medical and nursing schools are using one of her sensor enabled training tools for their students and trainees. The use of simulation technology to assess and quantitatively define hands-on clinical skills is one of her major research areas. In addition to obtaining an NIH R-01 in 2010 (to validate a sensorized device for high stakes clinical skills assessments), her work has received numerous awards from various medical and engineering organizations. In 2011 Dr. Pugh received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Dr Pugh is also the developer of several decision-based simulators that are currently being used to assess intra-operative judgment and team skills. This work was recently funded by a 2 million dollar grant from the Department of Defense.