Alternative uses of virtual simulators for laparoscopy and robot‐assisted surgery for medical students
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To the Editor:
We read with great interest the article by Moglia et al. entitled “Proficiency-based training of medical students using virtual simulators for laparoscopy and robot‐assisted surgery: results of a pilot study” .
Today with the wide diffusion of the minimally invasive surgery, the skills required by surgeons have changed in comparison to those of traditional open surgery. Several randomized controlled trials had shown the usefulness of virtual reality (VR) simulators for training, making possible a gradual acquisition of the visuospatial and hand–eye coordination to overcome the limitations of the laparoscopy. Moreover, with the introduction of the da Vinci Surgical System, surgeons have to deal also with the absence of tactile feed-back and to master the technical aspects and the correct use of control interfaces, camera, clutching, and the fourth arm. Today the improvements in computer processing have led to more realistic VR simulators for laparoscopic and robotic...
KeywordsSimulation Surgical training Robot-assisted surgery
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