VIR­TUAL SURGERY

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Lim­i­ta­tions of the tra­di­tional ap­pren­tice­ship model: ■ A trend for sur­geons to work fewer hours, which lim­its trainees’ ex­po­sure to op­er­a­tions. ■ Pro­longed train­ing has re­sulted in a short­age of skilled sur­geons. ■ Pa­tients are less will­ing to be used as guinea pigs. ■ The high and of­ten hid­den costs of med­i­cal er­ror. Ad­van­tages of sim­u­la­tors in sur­gi­cal train­ing: ■ High-end sim­u­la­tors can closely mimic the sur­geon’s real-life op­er­at­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. ■ The more times a sur­geon per­forms a pro­ce­dure, the bet­ter for pa­tients. ■ Trainees can be taught how to pe­form even rare pro­ce­dures, with­out hav­ing to wait for a case through the hospi­tal doors. ■ Im­proves tech­ni­cal skills train­ing while de­creas­ing the time it takes. ■ En­ables repet­i­tive learn­ing for re­in­force­ment. ■ Cre­ates op­por­tu­ni­ties to ob­jec­tively mea­sure per­for­mance. ■ Sur­geons can up­skill on new or ad­vanced tech­niques.

Source:Aus­tralianMed­i­calWork­force Ad­vi­so­ryCom­mit­tee,DrJohnWind­sor,Dr

Pa­trick­Cre­gan

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