Via Wired News
Is it possible to train yourself in a virtual patient?
A short answer is Yes.
In India, Professor Suvranu De is developing a surgery simulator with help of this couple of devices:
Sounds nice, but… I personally believe that you cannot train yourself in a virtual environment because there are not virtual patients nor virtual diseases. There are certain things that cannot be learned that way. Human body and human organs manifest in different ways in disease and wellness, as the number of people on earth.
Here is an example of the SimSurgery:
Have you ever seen a virtual fever or cancer? I don’t.
The basics of minimally invasive surgery skills could be learned in virtual environments (like learn for the first time the spatial skill in angle laparoscopes). From there to the point of learn certain procedure in a simulator, it’s a long way.
Perhaps this kind of technology can have some applications, but we don’t have to hurry and change what it has been proven for years… although somebody call us old fashioned.
What do you think about surgery simulators?
Dr. Jon Mikel IÃ±arritu