Want to become the best virtual surgeon in your medical residency? According to a new study, you need to start gaming at a young age to develop the necessary skills. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston put teenage gamers through the same surgical tests as aspiring medical professionals and found that the gamers performed at higher levels.
Researchers put participants through surgical techniques that included needle passing and suturing.
According to UTMB Dr. Sami Kilic, high school aged children who played an average of two hours of video games daily did “slightly better than our physicians in training.”
Dr. Kilic told TechCrunch:
“Our physicians in training have already participated in actual cases. It tells me that this computer games helps a lot to transfer the knowledge and skills gained from the computer games.”
Researchers for years have recognized that gaming can increase reflex times and can even show a users visual intelligence. In fact, gaming has become so popular among teens that several video game based charter schools have been founded to capitalize on the massive interest in various forms of electronic gaming.
Here is a video that highlights the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston simulated surgical tests:
While teenage gamers might be better at virtual surgery than highly trained medical students, the study didn’t examine how those same gamers would react when changing conditions were added into the mix.