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TryEngineering Live: Design Challenge - Robots.ieee.org

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IEEE TechEthics Panel: The 3 Rs of 5G: Risk, Reward & Responsibility

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OFC 2020 Keynote: Celebrating 50 years of light-speed connections. Keynote Presenter: David Welch, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Infinera Corporation, USA

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OFC 2020 Plenary Talks: 5G Evolution; The Challenge and Impact of Detecting Ripples in Spacetime; and, Is There a Future for Silica as an Optical Material?

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IEEE Photonics Society Highlight Recordings: TeraFETs for Terahertz Communications

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Webinar: When Medicine meets Engineering - Paradigm Shifts of Diagnosis and Therapeutics

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Webinar: An Update on COVID-19 Pandemic Status and Prognosis

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Discover Techniques and the End-to-End System of 5G Networks

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Using eLearning to Support Distance Learning

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Organizing STEM Activities: A Guide to TryEngineering Lesson Plans

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Tips on Engineering eLearning for Pre-University Students

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IEEE Virtual Tech Talk: Personal Digital Twins

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Online Delivery of Engineering Programs: Tips You Can Use From an Experienced ABET-Accredited Program

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Emerging Technologies and the Impact You Can Make

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TryEngineering Live: Engineer Spotlight with Burt Dicht

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Helping Students Learn via Online Delivery: Considerations for Pandemic Pedagogy

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IEEE Tech Talk on Student and Child Data Privacy

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TryEngineering Live: Hands-On Design Challenge - Critical Load

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Strategies for Effective Delivery of Online Engineering Courses: Best Practices, Tips and Toolkits

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IEEE Tech Talk: Daily Challenges of 4G, 5G, and IoT

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TryEngineering Live: Engineer Spotlight with Prof. William Oakes, P.E

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TryEngineering Live: Hands-On Design Challenge - Engineering Tomorrow

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IEEE Virtual Tech Talk: Future Neural Therapeutics

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Lessons in Leadership: Preparing the Future Leaders of Your Engineering Workforce

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How to Enhance Your e-Curriculum for Distance Learners with e-Resources - Featuring perspectives from a librarian, professor and publisher

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TryEngineering Live: Engineer Spotlight with Mariah Manzano and Brianna McGovern

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TryEngineering Live: Hands On Design Challenge - IEEE REACH

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HKN Pathways - Change the World as You Leap from College to Industry: Recruiting Insights and Tips from a TI Engineer

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IEEE Virtual Tech Talk: Use of Gaming Devices to Stay Connected in Today's World

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TryEngineering Live: Engineer Spotlight with IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society

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HKN Pathways Session - Panel: Graduate School or Work Experience? Which is the Chicken and Which is the Egg?

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Blockchain and smart contract security in practice

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The Knowledge Model

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Cracking the Code on Medication Adherence with an Ingestible Sensor

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Overview of Medical Device Communication Test Methods and the NIST Test Framework

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TIPPSS for Connected Healthcare - Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety, Security

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Unique Device Identification (UDI) Across The Device Landscape

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The Great Migration Online: Connected Health and Wellness in a Challenged Cyberspace

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The Open Wearables Initiative: Helping Realize the Potential of Wearables to Revolutionize Clinical Trials

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What Medical Device Vendors Can Learn From Past Cybersecurity Vulnerability Disclosures

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IEEE TechEthics | Data Science in the Time of COVID-19

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IEEE TechEthics | COVID-19 & the Rise of Telehealth: Examining the Social Impacts

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IEEE TechEthics | Facing the Truth: Benefits & Challenges of Facial Recognition

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Today’s Robotic Surgery Turns Surgical Trainees Into Spectators

Medical training in the robotics age leaves tomorrow's surgeons short on skills

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Photo of an operating room. On the left side of the image, two surgeons sit at consoles with their hands on controls. On the right side, a large white robot with four arms operates on a patient.

The dominant player in the robotic surgery industry is Intuitive Surgical, which has more than 6,700 da Vinci machines in hospitals around the world. The robot’s four arms can all be controlled by a single surgeon.

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Before the robots arrived, surgical training was done the same way for nearly a century.

During routine surgeries, trainees worked with nurses, anesthesiologists, and scrub technicians to position and sedate the patient, while also preparing the surgical field with instruments and lights. In many cases, the trainee then made the incision, cauterized blood vessels to prevent blood loss, and positioned clamps to expose the organ or area of interest. That’s often when the surgeon arrived, scrubbed in, and took charge. But operations typically required four hands, so the trainee assisted the senior surgeon by suctioning blood and moving tissue, gradually taking the lead role as he or she gained experience. When the main surgical task was accomplished, the surgeon scrubbed out and left to do the paperwork. The trainee then did whatever stitching, stapling, or gluing was necessary to make the patient whole again.

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