Patient Safety | 07.01.21
How One Company Wants to Train Surgeons Using Virtual Reality
Training surgeons and medical students in person is increasingly problematic due to COVID-19, and the Association of American Medical Colleges forecasts a major surgeon shortage in the United States over the next decade. These factors present a clear argument for creative solutions. Florida-based Immertec aims to train surgeons virtually with its Medoptic product. The tool supports live three-dimensional teleconferencing, with medical device manufacturers rather than hospitals covering its cost via subscriptions. Immertec says Medoptic's benefits include the removal of distractions, and can make 2D-to-3D data conversion redundant. Immertec member Dr. Rich Friedland said the headset system effectively replicates the operating room experience. "It's like going to a football game and being in the huddle," he remarked.