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Jennifer Heisler, RN

Teens Who Play Video Games May Make Best Surgeons?

By November 18, 2012

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University of Texas at Galveston studied outcomes on virtual surgery performed by two groups of people: teenagers who play video games frequently and medical residents who have actually performed surgical procedures.

It may come as no surprise to find out that when it comes to virual computer simulated surgery, the teenage gamers won.  While no one expects medical school applicants to be screened for how many video games they play, surgery is becoming increasingly like a computer simulation.  Laparoscopic surgery is performed by inserting a camera and and guiding instruments from outside the body, and robotic surgery is as close as one can get to virtual surgery while actually performing surgery--it's all done from afar with the robot doing the actual procedure.

So, if performing virtual surgery well is important to you, you may want to ask for a game console for Christmas.

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