Patients nowadays expect the best treatment possible. The common way for a surgeon student to acquire experience is by “on the fly” learning from an experienced surgeon. This way of teaching has besides many good points some drawbacks. Patients are needed for these educational purposes. These operations take more time thus expensive extra operating-room time is used. The quality depends highly on the educational skills of the experienced doctor.

The aim of using Virtual Reality as a medical training tool is to offer additional means to teach surgeon student. The goal is to halve the “on the fly” learning in the operating room with real patients and to improve the quality of the medical treatment.
Within a virtual operating room the student will be able to practice the technical skills, the procedures and the theoretical background of operations and diseases.
Currently the main research attention is paid to the development of this virtual operating room. With two haptic devices, a 3D vision, a 3D model system and an assessment program an environment will be created in which surgeon students can improve and test their operating skills.

University of Twente

21. Feb. 2013