Thursday, January 31, 2008

Hilarious Journal Articles #90: The Impact of Video Games on Surgeons

Arch Surg -- The Impact of Video Games on Training Surgeons in the 21st Century, February 2007, Rosser et al. 142 (2): 181:
Background 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...

Results Past video game play in excess of 3 h/wk correlated with 37% fewer errors (P<.02) and 27% faster completion (P<.03). Overall Top Gun score (time and errors) was 33% better (P<.005) for video game players and 42% better (P<.01) if they played more than 3 h/wk. Current video game players made 32% fewer errors (P=.04), performed 24% faster (P<.04), and scored 26% better overall (time and errors) (P<.005) than their nonplaying colleagues. When comparing demonstrated video gaming skills, those in the top tertile made 47% fewer errors, performed 39% faster, and scored 41% better (P<.001 for all) on the overall Top Gun score. Regression analysis also indicated that video game skill and past video game experience are significant predictors of demonstrated laparoscopic skills.

Conclusions 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.

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

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209022main_image_1002_946-710, originally uploaded by warrenellis.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Announcement Pending

In case anyone wondered: I've been quieter than usual because I'm
working on a project behind the scenes that I hope to have permission
to announce in the next few weeks. It's big, it will involve the
medical blogosphere, and it will potentially be very useful. Things
are developing. More info to come.

Monday, January 21, 2008