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Adv Med Educ Pract. 2019 Aug 14;10:627-634. doi: 10.2147/AMEP.S199323. eCollection 2019.

A prospective study of the effect of video games on robotic surgery skills using the high-fidelity virtual reality RobotiX simulator.

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1
Department of Urology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark.
2
Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen and the Capital Region of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark.
3
Department of Urology, Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark.
4
Department of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.

Abstract

Background:

Robot-assisted surgery is a growing field. Prior video game experience might give advantage to novice robotic surgeons.

Aim:

Assessing if prior video gaming experience gives advantage in performing high-fidelity virtual reality (VR)-simulated robotic surgery.

Methods:

In this observational study, 30 medical students and 2 interns (17 females; 15 males) with median age 25 years (range, 24-26 years) were recruited and subsequently divided into groups according to prior gaming experience; gamers (≥6 video game hours/week) vs nongamers (<6 video game hours/week). Participants performed VR-simulated urethrovesical anastomosis on RobotiX Mentor, which measured performance parameters. Participants answered a questionnaire for demographics and gaming experience. Groups were compared using Mann-Whitney U and multiple regression.

Results:

Gamers significantly outperformed nongamers in 3 of 24 performance metrics (p<0.05), and there was a trend toward better results for 7 of the 21 remaining metrics. Males outperformed females in 5 of 24 metrics (p<0.05) but were overrepresented among gamers.

Conclusion:

Prior video game experience >6 hrs/week might give advantage in simulated robotic surgery. We recommend future studies testing this hypothesis to develop simulator programs for certification of robotic surgeons.

KEYWORDS:

computer simulation; procedure specific; robot-assisted surgery; video game; virtual reality

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