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Teen Gamers Better at Simulated Surgery than Medical Residents

Guidry News

A new study suggests that teenage gamers perform better than medical residents in robotic surgery simulations. Dr. Sami Kilic, lead author and UTMB professor, said, “The inspiration for this study first developed when I saw my son, an avid video game player, take the reins of a robotic surgery simulator at a medical convention. With no formal training, he was immediately at ease with the technology and the type of movements required to operate the robot. As we see students with enhanced visual-spatial experience and hand-eye coordination that are a result of the technologically-savvy world they are immersed in, we should rethink how best to teach this generation.” The news has received widespread coverage, appearing in Slate, Huffington Post, NBC News.com, ECN Magazine, Science Daily, Science Newsline and numerous international media outlets, including UK Wired and International Business Times, French GameBlog and French Tribune, Swedish Feber, Czech iDNES, Portuguese TecMundo, Dutch Tweakers, Malaysian Insider, Greek Insomnia, Polish Polygamia. The news also appears in the Top News Arab Emirates, the Bangkok Post, Australia’s Kotaku and the Jornal do Brasil.

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