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Virtual Reality Is Making Surgeon Training Safer

WCBS spoke to Peter K. Sculco, MD, hip and knee surgeon at HSS, to discuss the implementation of this technology in residency training as they visited the HSS BioSkills Education Lab. “Patients can be sure that their surgeon or their trainee has gone through a simulation many times and has quantitatively shown that they can perform the procedure safely,” said Dr. Sculco.

Dr. Sculco explained virtual reality is well-suited for orthopedic surgery, as many procedures have well-defined steps that must be mastered. Christopher DeFrancesco, MD, first-year orthopedic surgeon resident at HSS cited, “From my perspective, as an early trainee, there’s a good value in this for just me learning how things go together. At least knowing I’m putting my hand in the right place, I’m picking up the right instrument, helps me to be confident for the first time I’m doing it in real life.”

Read the article at newyork.cbslocal.com. The segment aired during the 5 p.m. news hour on April 11, 2019.