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Virtual Reality training has emerged as a pivotal tool in the evolution of surgical training.
Published April 9, 2024

Author: Dr. Caitlin Houghton, Assistant Professor of Surgery at Keck Medicine of USC

Immersive VR offers streamlined training solutions that remove dependence on more traditional training methods, reducing the reliance on expensive cadaver and wet labs in favor of more agile and adaptive VR offerings.

Surgical robotics and training expert Dr. Caitlin Houghton (Keck Medicine of USC) identifies some of the key advantages of VR simulation utilization, including improved confidence, competence, and increased access to real-time feedback and assessment. Getting students and trainers onboard to adopt and deliver new techniques and technologies is easier than ever, with the ability to deploy VR simulations at scale and at any location. This allows for risk-free practice outside the confines of the classroom or operating room. 

No longer are surgical students limited to education by one expert, specialist, or surgeon. VR is the vehicle for endless interactions with surgeons across specialties.

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“We have to think about sustainability and growth, instead of just adoption…you need a platform that’s going to continually change with you, continually let new learners be brought into the system… whether they’re nursing staff or new surgeons. Adoption seems finite. You might not invest in adoption, but you would invest in growth and sustainability.”

Dr. Caitlin Houghton, Assistant Professor of Surgery at Keck Medicine of USC

Emerging tech companies should prioritize investing in VR training modalities to accelerate the adoption of these platforms to grow surgical skills at an accelerated pace. VR platforms provide a common ground for collaboration across medical specialties, time zones, trainers, and students alike, all with the goal of improving patient care and outcomes worldwide.

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