|March 2010 · Vol. 22, No. 03
Need to hone your surgical skills? Think simulation
Simulation-based training doesn’t have to feature the latest in virtual reality to have a genuine effect on your skills and confidence as a surgeon and your ability to work on a team
A total immersive, virtual reality training environment that replicates all that humans are able to perceive in a real clinical environment is not yet commercially available
The time required for gallbladder dissection in laparoscopic cholecystectomy was 29% shorter among residents who underwent virtual reality training
Simulation is being incorporated into specialty and subspecialty board exams in the United States and abroad in general surgery, disaster medicine, and anesthesiology
Dr. Gardner is Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School and Associate Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She also serves on the faculty of the Center for Medical Simulation in Cambridge, Mass.
Dr. Gherman is Assistant Clinical Professor at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md, and Head of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, Md.
The authors report no financial relationships relevant to this article.
More than 32 million surgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2006.1 And because that number is still on the rise, the rate of surgical mishap is likely to increase, as well.