Wednesday, April 07, 2004

I wonder if my doctor plays video games...

I think I'll ask him.

Check out this article which states that doctors who play video games are less likely to err while performing surgery. "The study 'landmarks the arrival of Generation X into medicine,' said the study's co-author, Dr. Paul J. Lynch, a Beth Israel anesthesiologist who has studied the effects of video games for years." Rosser, the other author of the study, which was conducted right here in NYC at Beth Israel, "has developed a course called Top Gun, in which surgical trainees warm up their coordination, agility and accuracy with a video game before entering the operating room."

Rosser "found that doctors who spent at least three hours a week playing video games made about 37 percent fewer mistakes in laparoscopic surgery and performed the task 27 percent faster than their counterparts who did not play video games."

How cool is that - now kids can tell their parents they are studying to be doctors when they are playing games. I wonder if gaming can help out with lawyering skills...


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