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Mayo Clinic is Using 3D Printing to Teach the Next Generation of Spine Surgeons

Written by David

December 4, 2019

Resident life is hard. After years of living, studying, and breathing medicine, they are finally one step closer to officially being able to practice. Medical residencies can take three years for primary care physicians, but some surgical specialties require even more training time to develop new procedures without risking lives, sometimes up to seven years. And did we mention that training is not a breeze?

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Its hard work and some of it is not for the queasy. Residents need cadavers for educational purposes, but these are difficult to come by. In the United States, only 20,000 bodies are donated to science every year, that’s barely enough to satisfy a population of more than 27,000 residents . Plus you need to add the costs of purchasing them, according to an article by The New York Times, delivery of an intact cadaver costs as little as $1,000, but different specialists seek […]

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