Videos Games Prove Beneficial For Surgeons
Sunday - December 11, 2016 7:48 am
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Does your surgeon play videos games? Well you may want to hope so, says a study recently published in Archives of Surgery.
Video games have become extensively integrated into popular culture. Anecdotal observations of young surgeons suggest that video game play contributes to performance excellence in laparoscopic surgery. Training benefits for surgeons who play video games should be quantifiable.
According to the study, there was a strong correlation found between video game skills and the ability to perform laparoscopic surgical maneuvers.
Laparoscopy requires surgeons to navigate equipment through a small incision while they watch their maneuvers on a monitor.
The result of the study revealed that of the 33 doctors participating in the study 9 of them played videos games for at least three hours per week.
The results revealed that those 9 doctors made fewer errors, performed faster, and scored better in surgical skills tests than surgeons who’d never played video games before.
“It was surprising that past commercial video game play was such a strong predictor of advanced surgical skills,” Iowa State University psychology professor and one of the study’s authors Douglas Gentile told Reuters.
Numerous studies including one performed by The University of Toronto show that video games, particularly action games like Call of Duty, do in fact improve and sharpen sensorimotor skills that are very important for surgeons using laparoscopic and other robotic surgical techniques.
Video game skill correlates with laparoscopic surgical skills. Training curricula that include video games may help thin the technical interface between surgeons and screen-mediated applications, such as laparoscopic surgery. Video games may be a practical teaching tool to help train surgeons.
Doctors stress that this study does not give parents the green-light to let their children play video games to their heart’s content.
Gentile told Reuters, “spending that much time playing video games is not going to help their child’s chances of getting into medical school.”