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"Gamification" boosts surgical residents' participation in simulation training

Residency Program Insider, September 26, 2014

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A research letter recently published in the JAMA Surgery suggests that gamification (the introduction of game mechanics) may increase surgical residents’ engagement with surgical simulation training.
 
Over the course of 14 weeks at the VA Boston Healthcare System in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, researchers examined if interest in training with the da Vinci Skills Simulator ® could be boosted by introducing game mechanics, such as competition and leaderboards. For the first seven weeks, only three residents used the simulator, participating in 28 total training exercise over four session totaling just under 3 hours of training.
 
At the end of the seventh week, the researchers announced a single elimination tournament. The 16 residents with the highest collective scores on 9 simulator exercises during the remaining seven weeks of the study would qualify for the tournament with prizes ranging from $50 to an iPad ®. During the last seven weeks, 21 residents used the simulator to complete 1,632 exercises over 70 sessions, totaling nearly 84 hours.
 
Source: JAMA Surgery

 



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