Friday, November 16, 2012

Video Gamers Teach Surgeons a Thing or Two

"What can high school and college-age video game enthusiasts teach young surgeons-in-training?" That's the question posited on a post from Science Daily. "According to a new study from researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) -- a world leader in minimally invasive and robotic surgery -- the superior hand-eye coordination and hand skills gained from hours of repetitive joystick maneuvers mimic the abilities needed to perform today's most technologically-advanced robotic surgeries.

"To offer insight on how best to train future surgeons, the study placed high school and college students head to head with resident physicians in robotic surgery simulations. The results, presented at the American Gynecologic Laparoscopists' 41st Annual Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology in Las Vegas, were surprising." Read more.

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