Introduction Current training in trauma and orthopaedics is facing challenges due to limited operating time, a rising trend in medical lawsuits and fierce promotion of patient safety.
Objectives To observe the perception of simulation in orthopaedic trauma training and whether there is a change in perception related to level of exposure to the VR simulator.
Methods 64 medical students were randomised to three groups: Group1 (control; n = 26) performed one attempt, Group 2 (attempt-dependent training; n = 26) performed five attempts whilst Group 3 (time-dependent training; n = 12) were allowed up to 45 min of practice (time-dependent). Participants completed a six-item questionnaire using a seven-point Likert scale. The pooled mean score and percentage change between first and last attempt were calculated.
“Simulators are widely used in surgical/medical training”: pooled data had a 4.4% improvement in perception (4.4 to 4.6).
“Simulators should be compulsory in surgical training”: pooled data had no change in perception (5.8 to 5.8).
“I would feel safer having an operation by a surgeon who has trained with simulators”: pooled data had a 4.5% (5.8 to 6.0) perception improvement.
“Surgeons trained on simulators are better surgeons”: pooled data improved perception by 8.2% (4.7 to 5.1).
“I would want my operation to be performed by a surgeon who has trained with simulators”: pooled data had a positive perception change by 4.1% (5.4 to 5.6).
“I think surgeons who play video games can develop their hand-eye coordination and improve their surgical skills”: pooled data had a negative perception change of 3.3% (5.1 to 4.9).
Conclusions There is an overall positive impact on perception of the role of simulation after using the VR haptic DHS simulator. Users had a high perception for the use of VR DHS simulation within formal orthopaedic training.
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- Category: Course or curriculum evaluation/innovation/integration
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