Medical simulation is a growing industry with a common goal to increase patient safety and the effectiveness and efficiency of medical processes. With this goal in mind, a variety of companies have created simulation products ranging from mannequins that simulate a live person to virtual reality (VR) platforms that simulate a realistic surgical environment.
The surgical industry, in particular, recognized a need for a comprehensive, dynamic VR product to allow laparoscopic surgeons to hone their skills in a safe, rigorous and progressive environment before operating on humans. Through practice in a dynamic VR environment, surgeons are now able to learn a variety of tasks ranging from basic skills, such as suturing and grasping, to full length procedures.
Training on these VR simulators has already been shown to improve technical performance in the operating room (OR). Currently, training curricula consists of trainees practicing the same tasks until they perfect the skill or procedure. This study is the first to investigate whether the individualized deliberate practice, where curricula tasks vary depending on prior levels of technical proficiency, would translate into the OR.
Individualized Deliberate Practice on a Virtual Reality Simulator Improves Technical Performance of Surgical Novices in the Operating Room: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate whether individualized deliberate practice on a VR simulator results in improved technical performance in the operating room.
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About Surgical Science:
Surgical Science, established in 1999, develops high quality tools for the Assessment, Training and Certification of medical professionals. Using virtual reality simulation technologies, users are able to build skills on Surgical Science simulators that demonstrate and transfer proficiency from virtual reality to the operating suites. Surgical Science’s world headquarters are in Gothenburg (Sweden) with the Americas headquarters in Minneapolis, MN and offices in Mexico City (Latin America) and Toronto (Canada).