Virtual reality training has a direct impact on how surgeons train and operate, as well as how medical students are preparing for the operation room. As this immersive technology is replacing traditional healthcare training, surgical skills are improving, reducing the room for surgical error. Virtual reality has the potential to completely transform the way medical students and professionals are bringing their skills to the surgical table.
VR allows better training for students
Healthcare training primarily consists of lectures backed up by PowerPoint presentations. This technique of teaching involves passive learning activities, in which the students receive information from the instructor and internalize it without getting feedback. Medical students are often required to understand complex material in a format that does not allow them to actively participate, making it difficult to feel ready for the operating room.
With virtual reality training, medical students are getting that hands-on experience by actively participating and interacting with the learning process. This engagement has led to improved performance among students.
Improved patient outcomes
Virtual reality can also make a significant impact on patient outcomes in how surgeons are trained. Surgeons may feel pressure when mastering new skills in the operating room, and with new skills, there is always a learning curve. Virtual training allows surgeons to accelerate mastery and reduce patient risks by giving them the most realistic view of the operation without putting a patient’s health in jeopardy.
With VR, professionals will be ready for any curveball that may be thrown at them. For example, if an issue arises during real-time surgery, the surgeons have already been exposed to that situation through simulation and know exactly how to react.
According to a study, the use of VR surgical simulation significantly improved the operating room performance of residents during laparoscopic cholecystectomy (surgical removal of the gallbladder). Results showed that not only was the gallbladder dissection 29% faster for those who were VR-trained residents but that the non-VR-trained residents were nine times more likely to transiently fail to make progress.
Surgical training for healthcare organizations still relies on learning through observation. At Immertec, we focus on real-time training with virtual reality, helping surgeons improve care delivery and increase patient outcomes. We understand the importance of gaining experience and access to live training surgeries whenever necessary. Learn more about Immertec’s process and how we can implement VR training in your organization today. Contact us to get started.