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Young video gamers could offer insights into the future of surgical training

Residency Program Insider, November 20, 2012

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Avid high school and college video gamers performed as well or better than resident physicians in robotic surgery simulations in a recent study conducted by the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

The study measured 20 skill parameters and 32 teaching techniques on a robotic surgery simulator, a tool that resembles a video game booth, with dual-hand operated controls and a monitor displaying real-time surgical movements. As a group, nine tenth-graders performed best, followed by nine college students, then 11 medical residents. Residents performed far better than the high school gamers when tested in simulation of non-robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery.

Researchers think observations from the study could help residency programs better understand how to train future generations of surgeons in robot-assisted surgical techniques.
 



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