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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Computer games in medical education

Todays Guardian carries a piece by Ian Sample entitled Dexterity boost from games consoles hones surgery skills which describes a study from the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Centre, in Phoenix, Arizona, which asked eight trainee doctors to spend an hour playing games on a console before "performing surgery". Mark Marshall, the centres director of simulation and training, concluded that "Our trial shows this improves the skills of the surgeons when they are told to pick exercises within the games. It makes their training much, much quicker."

I can't currently find the full report on this but it seems to be one more example of the potential benefits of technology in health care professional education - it will be interesting to see if the benefits outweigh the costs.

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