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Study: High-School Video Gamers Match Physicians at Robotic-Surgery Simulation

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      Article about a study comparing OB/GYN residents and 10th grade video game players and their ability to perform robotic surgery simulations:
      http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_t...physicians_at_robotic_surgery_simulation.html

      Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston tasked OB/GYN residents and 10th graders who regularly play video games to perform tasks on a robotic-surgery simulation—like suturing. On average, the high-school students, who played two hours of video games a day, performed just as well as the residents—a few individual teenagers even did better. (Some have reported that the study showed the teenagers did better than the residents, but the difference in their performances is statistically insignificant.)

      The study was presented at the American Gynecologic Laparoscopists’ 41st Annual Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology in Las Vegas.

      Here's the press release on the UTMB website:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr1MGJBt4X0

      And here's a YouTube video from the lead author describing the study: [YOUTUBE]Wr1MGJBt4X0[/YOUTUBE]

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