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ATSU announces funding for seven proposals under AI, Mixed Reality grant competition

A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Division of Research, Grants & Scholarly Innovations is excited to announce funding for seven new winning proposals under the one-time ATSU AI/Mixed Reality Innovation in Health Professions Education Grant competition.

In alignment with ATSU’s Strategic Plan 2021-2028, particularly Theme I. Innovative Education and Theme V. Agile Resource Management, the University offered a one-time opportunity to provide faculty and teams internal grant funds for innovative projects exploring the use of AI/Mixed Reality technology in health professions education and university initiatives.

Collectively, a total of $28,476.55 has been awarded. Winning investigators and projects include:

  1. Richard Allinson, DDS, ATSU-Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health, “Development of an Interactive Artificial Intelligence (AI) Virtual Reality (VR) Dental Simulated Patient as a Learning Activity for Dental Students,” $4,950. Collaborators: Grishondra Branch-Mays, DDS, MS; Graziela Batista, DDS, PhD; Leila Nasiry Khanlar, PhD, MSc, DDS; Dave Kojic, DMD, MS, PhD; Hanan Omar, BDS, MSC, PhD; and Ammar Musawi, BDS, MDS, MPH
  2. Amira Elgreatly, BDS, MS, FAGD, ATSU-Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH), “Use of Virtual and Mixed Reality in Enhancing Dental Education,” $5,000. Collaborators: Ahmed Mahrous, BDS, MS, FACP; Jonathan Brennan, MD, DMD, MPH; Erin Maruska, DMD, MPH, FAGD; William Madaio, DMD; and Klud Razoky, BDS, NZDREX
  3. Brittney Hulsey, DMSc, PA-C, ATSU-Arizona School of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Studies, “Beyond the Surface: Augmented Reality in Procedural Skill Development in Physician Assistant Education,” $2,000. Collaborators: Anna Campbell, PhD and Anna King OMS II-ATSU-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA)
  4. Ahmed Mahrous, BDS, MS, FACP, ATSU-ASDOH, “AI-Assisted Crown Margin Identification: A Comparative Faculty Development Program,” $4,526.55. Collaborators: Jonathon Brennan, MD, DMD, MPH; Amira Elgreatly, BDS, MS, FAGD; Mindy Motahari, DMD, MAEd; Tamer El-Gendy, DMD, BDS, MS; and Ann Spolarich, RDH, PhD, FSCDH
  5. John Olson, PhD and Anna Campbell, PhD, ATSU-SOMA, “Harnessing the Power of AI Image Generators/Manipulators for Creating Custom Innovative Anatomical Resources,” $3,500.
  6. John Olson, PhD, ATSU-SOMA, “Holographic Medical Imaging Overlays: An Interactive Medical Image Holographic Visualization System for 3D Headsets in an Educational Environment,” $3,500.
  7. Milton Pong, PhD, ATSU-SOMA, “Finding a Place for Artificial Intelligence in Foundational Medical Science Education,” $5,000. Collaborators: Timothy Shipley, PhD and Robert Lewis, PhD

Congratulations to all! 


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