Technology in healthcare is constantly evolving. Throughout a surgeon’s career, many new techniques and procedures become available. Traditional training scenarios involve the surgeon traveling to a one-to-two day training workshop with a medical device company.
While getting hands-on training is incredibly valuable, this offsite training can be time consuming and often lacks an opportunity for the surgeon to continue to practice after the event is completed.
After training, it could be four to six months between the time the procedure is fully learned and the time the doctor gets to use the procedure on a patient.
The ability to continue to practice a new procedure is crucial. Increasingly complex technology means an increasing number of cases need to be practiced. Numbers vary between studies, but in general, 30% of surgeons are ill prepared to perform at a basic level of safety independently.
The solution to this number is through better, more frequent training. Virtual reality has the ability to offer training exercises to practicing surgeons at any time of day, anywhere. While not meant as a replacement for traditional training methods, virtual reality can boost proficiency after initial training and lead to better patient outcomes.
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